When community works: Early learning playgroups in the North West

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The  Early Learning Playgroup Programme is an innovative public-private partnership, which trains government-contracted community workers in rural areas to run early stimulation playgroups for children aged 3 -5.  The benefits for the children are access to a quality learning programme, where before there was none. For the community workers, the programme presents an opportunity to work with children and take … Read More

Bringing the Story Home: Early Literacy in the Free State

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During October 2016, we visited the Community Work Programme participants who are implementing the Nal’ibali Early Literacy programme in ECD centres around the Free State.  For the children enrolled in these centres, the programme means access to an early literacy programme for the first time. Nal’ibali is part of an innovative partnership, which trains Community Workers to fill gaps in … Read More

Paving the way for non-centre based ECD programmes

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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 are sourced from government’s Community Works Programme (CWP), which pays job seekers a stipend to do useful work on a part time basis, and are coached … Read More