Second chance at education: Shakespeare’s story

Our playgroup programme in the North West is successful because of the passionate SmartStarters who identify opportunities to fill early learning gaps in their communities.  Here’s one of their stories…   Growing up, Shakespeare dreamt of becoming a...
PHOTO ESSAY: Early literacy in the Free State

PHOTO ESSAY: Early literacy in the Free State

Khayalethu is an ECD centre for 120 children aged 0-5 in Vrede – a small town in the heart of the agricultural Free State. Two years ago, Khayalethu was invited to participate in the Nal’ibali StoryPlay project. Nal’ibali is a national literacy programme and...

Refilwe and the Early Learning Playgroup

By Lisa Cohen Her name is Refilwe* and she is three years old. She lives in Ngobi village – a small, lonely fleck on the dusty North West landscape.  Refilwe and I meet in the early learning playgroup she attends three days a week.  She is the quietest child in the...

Paving the way for non-centre based ECD programmes

Ilifa’s early learning playgroup programme in the North West demonstrate the value of non-centre based early learning environments – especially for children who, for whatever reason, cannot access creches and day-care centres. The playgroup facilitators...