This learning brief reviews some of the possibilities inherent in technology and the potential that this has to improve service delivery. Space4Development shares some of their insights gained through the design and implementation of technology solutions for ECD Non-Profit Organisations. Read the article here.
This learning brief considers the characteristics of the South African ECD sector and reflects in detail on what a replication strategy like social franchising would need to offer to achieve scale-up. Read the article here.
The new Children’s Act 38 of 2005 requires that all existing Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa re-register with the Department of Social Development by April 2015. For many of these Centres, the registration process is proving to be difficult and costly to navigate, thereby potentially preventing them from continuing to offer a vital service […]
We seem to have reached an important junction where clearly illustrated need, political buy-in and public interest are converging to create a timely opportunity for designing programmes and implementation models that can be replicated across a range of contexts throughout the country. We have recently produced a special issue of our Hands-on Learning publication in […]
In 2013, an early thinking project was conceived within DGMT’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) portfolio, in response to our focus on increasing understanding of stimulation for early learning in the ECD sector. Developed in association with Prof. Karin Murris of the UCT School of Education (pioneer of the use of picture books in Philosophy for […]
Written by: Fiona Burtt, 24 June 2014 An article published last week in international medical journal, The Lancet, showcases new evidence of the encouraging effects of ECD interventions for young children, demonstrating that: A responsive stimulation and/or enhanced nutrition intervention works for children up to two years old; and A responsive stimulation intervention that positively affects […]
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 […]
By Bernadette Moffat, director of Elma Philanthropies South Africa (at the launch of the Child Institute’s Child Gauge 2013 Stepping up national development: Prioritizing essential services for young children) Every so often, science presents us with new evidence which completely revolutionizes the way we understand something that we thought we already knew pretty much everything about. […]
Posted on 22 Oct 2013
The Children’s Act is South Africa’s primary law for realising children’s constitutional rights to care, protection and social services. One way of assessing government’s progress in implementing the Act is to monitor the budget that is allocated for the services listed above. This learning brief is a summary of a study that analyses the budget […]
How can we fix our education system? That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for basic jobs, let alone to sustain a sophisticated knowledge economy. If that is the question, the inevitable answer is that we need good teachers, quality textbooks and enough time in […]
Posted on 1 Jul 2013