The White Paper on Social Development, first published in 1997, provides the framework for the development of a social welfare system that can unlock the potential of every person in SA, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised.
The document is currently under review and Ilifa Labantwana has submitted its contribution to the process last week.
Our key focus was to address the gaps in accessibility, availability and quality of the package of essential ECD services for marginalised children.
Central to these is the need to shift the ECD provisioning model from a private led to public. Ilifa is calling on government to revise the White Paper to recognise the legal and developmental duty on the state for the public provision of socially developmental services, including ECD. However, it should be noted that the private sector retains a vital role in provision of these services.
Additional gaps addressed in our submission target the inadequate levels of human resources in the ECD space; inadequate infrastructure – which is one of the main barriers to ECD centre registration; as well the lack of collective leaderships and commitment to the realisation of national ECD goals; and the lack of sufficient funding at various ECD nodes.
Our full submission to the Department of Social Delivery is readable HERE