Early Childhood Development Goals

The ultimate goal of Early Child Development (ECD) programs is to improve young children’s capacity to develop and learn. A child who is ready for school has a combination of positive characteristics: he or she is socially and emotionally healthy, confident, and friendly; has good peer relationships; tackles challenging tasks and persists with them; has good language skills and communicates well; and listens to

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Hope

To think that a haven for children could exist in Diepsloot ext 12 was merely a dream for the residents of that community.  That dream is now being realized with help of sponsors and volunteers alike. The School is housed in 5 containers that have been refurbished to act as 2 classrooms, accommodating 40 children, A storeroom, kitchen and bathroom.  Recently amongst many other

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Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Many children experience a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, teenage pregnancy and abuse and violence in and around schools. South Africa’s high levels of poverty continue to deny thousands of children access to quality education. Around 27 per cent of public schools do not have running water, 78 per cent are without libraries and 78 per cent do not

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Learning on a Jungle Gym

The Turner Jones family donated a jungle gym for the children at the Philile Diepsloot.  The jungle gym arrived last week and the children love it. It’s all good fun and games for the children now. Jungle Gyms are beneficial to a child’s educational, emotional, social and physical development. So, it’s not merely about taking the children off the streets but it has a lot

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Why invest in Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an “umbrella term” that refers to the processes by which children from ages birth to 9 grow and flourish socially, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and morally. Approximately 40% of South Africa’s young children grow up in conditions of extreme poverty and neglect. That is roughly 10 million children. Research shows that children raised in poor families are most at risk of

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Philile Diepsloot opens

Philile Diepsloot pre-school opened its doors today with 40 children registered. Diepsloot is the largest informal settlement in Johannesburg, accommodating over 150,000 residents.  All live without electricity, some without  sewage, and are forced to share water supply. While visiting Diepsloot, Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale commented that “What is at issue here is that people are living in inhuman conditions.” In the midst of

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