Photographer Wandie Mesatywa is incredibly resilient as you will read in this essay, in which she shares her story from being a youngster in rural Eastern Cape to becoming a teaching and exhibiting artist. What makes a person resilient? Are we born that way? Do you have it or you don’t? Wandie takes us on […]
Posted on 5 Nov 2019
We are proud to release the second issue of our Human Factor publication. Entitled ‘The heart of parenting – how the alchemy of love, hope and fear prepares children for life’, this issue explores the power of parents as their children’s first educators and their right to continue to champion their children’s education throughout schooling.
Posted on 23 Oct 2019
We often talk about the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a key strategy to change South Africa. That is because children are the source of human capital. If we want to change the education system, grow the economy and create jobs, we must invest in young children. We are also not only talking to […]
The National Development Plan (NDP) and the National ECD policy of 2015 commit to ensuring that every child in South Africa has access to the full range of ECD services by 2030. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Government supports these goals. This document was developed in conjunction with Ilifa Labantwana and Kago Ya Bana, and details a […]
Posted on 10 Aug 2018
Most of South Africa’s children are surviving, but too many are failing to thrive and achieve their full potential, and this is costing the economy billions in lost human potential. Investing in children – and particularly in violence prevention, networks of care, nutrition, education and inclusive services – would drive the next wave of social […]
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.
“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 Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the […]
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 its kind in South Africa annual publication providing data, analysis and commentary on over 40 […]
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 ways of relating and want to start doing things to bring about greater equality and […]
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 […]