Posts Tagged ‘ECD’

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 on the architecture of the brain, and the impact of interventions on caregivers’ brains, and […]

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Posted on 9 December 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Resourceful Young Children.

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Radio interviews: David Harrison talks about the potential of ECD and reading for joy

On World Literacy Day last week (8 September 2015), DGMT CEO, David Harrison was interviewed by Tim Modise from Power FM, John Maytham on Cape Talk and SA FM’s The Talk Show. He talked about DGMT, our work and that of our implementing partners, but most importantly he explained why early childhood development and helping children to […]

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Posted on 14 September 2015 under Creative Learners, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Resourceful Young Children.

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Simple, powerful lessons from Colombia

I recently participated in a meeting of the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (IYCG), in Addis Ababa. For me, the stand-out presentation was by Constanza Alarcon from the Office of the President in Colombia.  She described how the country has focused its efforts on the national priority of early childhood development, and produced […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Implementation Experience, Resourceful Young Children.

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“My child is a somebody” – Ilifa launches a national campaign

   This week (8-12 June 2015)  Ilifa Labantwana is launching its first national public campaign.  It is a multi-media, mass communication public service campaign called #LovePlayTalk with the tagline “My child is a somebody”. The campaign aims to create awareness around the importance of responsive parenting during pregnancy and the early years of a child’s life. Targeting pregnant women, parents […]

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Posted on 9 June 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Resourceful Young Children.

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ECD Hackathon Aims To Create Real Fundable Tech Solutions

Investment in Early Childhood Development (ECD) has seen substantial increase in the last five years as a result of research and insights on the importance of the first years of a child’s life. This is a critical time for lifelong health and intellectual development because between conception and age three, a child’s brain undergoes an […]

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Posted on 29 May 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Resourceful Young Children.

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Be inspired: A beautiful short film on the importance of the bonding in the first 1000 days

Have a look at this lovely short film recently released by the Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust: “The first 1000 Days of Life, from conception to age two, is the most important time in a child’s life,” says Tony Hamburger, Executive Director of Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust, which produced the film together with Bloom & Stone. […]

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Posted on 29 May 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 7: Implementation Experience, Resourceful Young Children.

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SmartStart: A new national franchise that is a breakthrough for early learning in South Africa

On 22 May 2015 a group of investors  launched a new ‘social franchise’ for early learning in South Africa.  Branded “SmartStart”, the early learning franchise will open up new playgroups and daymother groups and centres across the country. This article explains what SmartStart is all about: What is SmartStart? SmartStart is a new social franchise […]

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Posted on 28 May 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Resourceful Young Children.

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David Harrison on the urgent need for child and mother nutrition

7 April was World Health Day.  During an interview on CNBC Africa’s programme Open Exchange, our CEO, David Harrison explains how improving the nutrition of children can dramatically improve the economic growth of Africa.

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Posted on 9 April 2015 under DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Resourceful Young Children.

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aeioTu: an example of an Early Childhood Development social franchise in South America

aeioTu has designed a high-quality and comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) package for 0-5 year old children in Colombia, with the specific aim of increasing ECD service provision to low income families.  In this learning brief they offer useful ideas on programme design and the development process.  Read the article here.

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Posted on 19 February 2015 under Hands-on Issue 12 (Sept-Dec 2014), Hands-on Learning Briefs, Learning Briefs: Resourceful Young Children, Opportunity 4: Implementation Experience.

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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 by training and supporting unregistered child-minders at municipal level. This will be supported by a […]

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Posted on 21 November 2014 under DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Resourceful Young Children, What we've learned.

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