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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tags: David Harrison, Early literacy Development, ECD, Reading for enjoyment
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Tags: ECD, ECD provision, Resourceful Young Children, Social franchising
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.