From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children


Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like “our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring” can garner on the Nelson Mandela […]

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Posted on 18 July 2016

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Brain food for growing minds

Why parents and teachers should rev up the read-aloud engine with their children and pupils First published in the Mail & Guardian, February 27 2015 In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities, including parents, teachers, caregivers, adopters and custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even […]

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Posted on 5 March 2015

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A nurtured childhood … what we need to hold onto for future generations

By Fefekazi Mavuso Two months ago, I stepped into a new world.  In my quest to do something different with my life, I left my job in the financial services industry and I entered a world where supporting (and actively promoting) Early Childhood Development, is all-consuming. Very, very quickly, I learnt that experts believe that […]

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Posted on 14 November 2014

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Embracing the Power of Human Solidarity

By Gabeba Gaidien About a year ago I embarked on what is surely one of the most ambitious journeys of my life. In December 2013 my colleagues and I launched a city-wide movement known as Cape Town EMBRACE (funded by the DG Murray Trust). The objective of the initiative is to set up a network […]

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Posted on 14 October 2014

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Holding and containing: reflections on the emotional demands of working in communities

Flying Children is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of care available to pre-school children in South Africa’s disadvantaged areas. Working with ‘clusters’ of around 18 schools, their programme offers makeovers that achieve a basic quality of facilities. They conduct intense teaching, mentoring and supervision with the teachers, and then build services […]

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Posted on 5 September 2014

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Sitting up straight!

For people working in the ECD field (trainers, practitioners, policymakers), how much do we think about how we think about children? Particularly ECD trainers, who are often given the more elevated status of ‘teacher’, and whose every word we are taught to hang onto. In a country where authority is still positional – and where […]

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Posted on 26 June 2014

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Perspectives on the potential of social franchising to scale-up ECD service delivery in South Africa

Social franchising is increasingly being considered across a range of sectors (such as health care and education), as a strategy for taking social programmes to scale and for increasing their social impact.  Like commercial franchises, a social franchise provides access to an existing and successful model of service delivery, it provides initial training and ongoing […]

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Posted on 3 June 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #5: Back to the drawing board

After the second round of consultation, this time with potential participants in the programme, DGMT CEO, David Harrison and Mark Gamble from Educo Africa decided they were ready to pull together a group of people to thrash out the nuts and bolts of how the initiative could work: “We had chewed on the idea for […]

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Posted on 26 February 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #4: Take 2

In our last article we described the initial reaction of our Board to the concept and formal consultation results regarding the proposed Cape Town Great Potential Project (known today as Cape Town Embrace). Although most of the Trustees liked the concept, concerns around viability made them request the development of a more detailed implementation plan. […]

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Posted on 3 February 2014

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #3: Getting the Board on board

In our previous article describing how the idea for Cape Town Embrace was conceptualised, we mentioned in passing that regardless of the ‘great potential’ of the programme concept, it was going to be a tough sell to our Board.  The reason for this is that foundations and other bilateral donors tend to operate in very […]

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Posted on 17 January 2014

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