At the 5th ANC National Policy Conference earlier this month, it was recommended that early childhood development, as a line item, move from Department of Social Development to Basic Education (DBE).  DBE Minister Angie Motshekga, MP, announced this proposal when she delivered the keynote address at the PLAY Conference 2017 in Pretoria last week. Below is an excerpt of her speech…

News just in, the 5th ANC National Policy Conference has recommended that ECD, as a line function, should be moved from the Department of Social Development to the Department Basic Education.  This is in line with the earlier resolution to reinvigorate the whole basic education sector to reposition it as a leader in addressing the triple challenges facing the country.  Basic Education is recognised worldwide as an integral part in unlocking long-term economic growth and progress.

Within the National Integrated Policy and the Plan, the DBE has two main responsibilities, namely –

  1. Curriculum Development:  The National Curriculum Framework for children from birth to four was developed in 2014; and
  2. Human Resource Development:  In-service training of practitioners training towards the ECD National Qualifications Framework (NQF), Level 4, as part of the Expanded Public Works Programmes (EPWP) and payment of a stipend.The DBE equips the children by offering the South African National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four, and the National Curriculum Statement from Grades R-12 that give expression to the knowledge, skills and values, worth learning in South African schools.  This curriculum aims to ensure that children acquire and apply knowledge and skills in ways that are meaningful to their own lives.  In this regard, the curriculum promotes knowledge in local contexts, while being sensitive to global imperatives.The implementation of the National Curriculum Framework in ECD centres, requires play to be the main method used for teaching and learning.  Play is fun, and young children learn through play.  The implementation of the National Curriculum Framework encourages practitioners in all ECD settings to expose children to well-structured play.  Play is a process, which allows children to learn about themselves, their environment, and about other people in their environment, and how all these aspects relate.

Read the full speech here.

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