Sinovuyo Caring Families Project takes flight

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Sinovuyo parenting workshop in Cape Town

It’s been just over three years since the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project was piloted with 68 families in Khayalitsha, Cape Town.  The programme, which recently completed a two year randomised control trial supported by Ilifa Labantwana, has attracted a great amount of international attention and is being implemented in Kenya, South Sudan, the DRC and the Philippines this year alone. … Read More

Home visitors in their own words

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By Lisa Cohen  (Project Lead: Home Visiting / Parenting interventions) Last week, I visited the final round of home visitor training in two new districts in North West province and I was struck by the personal growth in the women enrolled in the programme. I first met the home visitors – or family community motivators (FCMs) – when they had just embarked … Read More

The “Ordinary Magic” of ECD

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Why do some children thrive in difficult circumstances, and others not? One of the most surprising findings from the many studies that have been done on levels of resilience in children is that resilience is not built through extraordinary interventions, but rather through ordinary, everyday quality interpersonal experiences. Referring to decades of research on resilience, Ann Masten, professor of child … Read More

Responsive Parenting: a Strategy to Prevent Violence

Svetlana DonevaECD News, Parenting

This edition of Early Childhood Matters focuses on positive parenting and programmes aimed at reducing violence against young children. It makes mention of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project, a parenting programme that seeks to address the reduction of abuse and maltreatment of children in high-risk families in South Africa. Ilifa has partnered with the University of Cape Town and its … Read More

Children’s Act Guide for Drop-in Centre Managers

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Children must be put first in society to ensure optimal early childhood development, and South African law provides for this.  Through the Children’s Act 38 of 2010 (as amended by Act 41 of 2007), which came into operation on 1 April 2010, policies, laws and interventions are advocated to create improved conditions and circumstances so that children are valued, protected, … Read More