Group learning programmes

Evidence from the Sobambisana Initiative


In 2008, Ilifa commissioned five non-profit organisations to test various models of community-based ECD across four South African provinces. This resulted in a four-year programme known as the Sobambisana (Togetherness) Initiative. 

The Sobambisana Initiative comprised five kinds of interventions: 

  1. home visits to caregivers and children
  2. community playgroups with parent education components
  3. community playgroups without parent education components
  4. centre and school-based interventions
  5. advocacy for improved and integrated services for children among regional and local government officials and civil society organisations 

This learning brief focuses specifically on what emerged from the research on group learning programmes.

Written by Andy Dawes, Linda Biersteker, and Lynn Hendriks. Published by Ilifa in May 2012.