Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes


Early learning gets a boost – ELOM and SmartStart

Research indicates that while children from better-off homes make good progress following Grade R, children from poor households do not, and the gap between these two groups widens with age.

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Posted on 19 September 2016

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134 big and small ways to start changing South Africa this Mandela Day

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”- Nelson Mandela According to the […]

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Posted on 15 July 2016

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The first comprehensive review of early childhood in South Africa

Two thirds of children under 6 in South Africa are still not receiving the crucial services they need during the most important period of their development. This is according to the South African Early Childhood Review – a first of […]

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Posted on 25 May 2016

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What will bring the next real change in South Africa?

There has been much public discourse this year about how we, as South Africans, relate to each other.  Our sense, at DGMT and from our interaction in civil society, is that more and more people see the urgency of finding […]

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Posted on 4 May 2016

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ECD resource: Ilifa Labantwana’s Insights Magazine

Ilifa Labantwana released the third issue of their Ilifa Insights magazine this week.  In this issue the relationship between the parent – or the primary caregiver – and the child is explored. Neuroscientist Barak Morgan explains the effects of an adverse external environment […]

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Posted on 9 December 2015

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Social franchising for early childhood development … insights into good practice, key themes and areas of emerging concensus

The recently launched Social Franchising for Early Childhood Development (ECD) project (being spearheaded by DGMT and other donors) aims to reach large numbers of children by a) increasing access to early learning opportunities through informal playgroups, and b)  improving the quality of existing early learning provision […]

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Posted on 21 November 2014

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Much More Than Counting: Supporting mathematics development between birth and five years (summary)

Historically, the purpose and importance of mathematics learning in the early years has not been properly understood or valued in South Africa. This is in part because there is not a general understanding of how mathematical ideas and skills are […]

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Posted on 7 October 2013

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