Policy Post: Does Parliament really understand the ECD policy?

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On 6 September 2016, the Departments of Social Development (DSD) and Basic Education (DBE) made another presentation to the Basic Education Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. The minutes of the briefing and Q&A can be viewed here. The Departments noted that they, along with the Department of Health (DoH), were the primary duty-bearers, (supported by other departments as well as local government) … Read More

ECD and disability: Urgent priority and action are needed

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There is a compelling rights-based case for the prioritisation of programme development and the allocation of resources for the delivery of inclusive ECD services for children with disabilities and/or developmental delays. Numerous polices, including the most recent national ECD policy, recognise that children with disabilities have a right to equal access to inclusive quality ECD services. Moreover, there is an … Read More

The Policy Post: Laying the Foundation for Effective Implementation of the ECD Policy

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As famous as South Africa is for its good child rights policies; it is equally infamous for the weak implementation of those policies. The disjuncture between policy intent and actual outcomes is clear in child well-being returns which don’t match the size of investment of public resources in, for example, child health and education systems. The Draft National ECD Policy – what … Read More