Posts Tagged ‘ECD’

DGMT and Primedia launch a massive billboard campaign to support early childhood development

DGMT and Primedia have recently launched one of the country’s largest-ever national outdoor media campaigns, demonstrating the power of early childhood development to change the future of South Africa. The billboard campaign will showcase three large-scale initiatives to prevent nutritional stunting and promote early learning and reading –namely Grow Great, SmartStart and Nal’ibali. It comes […]

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Posted on 11 October 2018 under Alerts, DGMT, Strategy 2017.

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Three ingredients for great ECD centres and how to support them

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 […]

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Posted on 24 August 2018 under Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017, Uncategorised.

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Early Learning: The Great Equalizer for South Africa

Education has always been thought of as one of our greatest tools for liberation. We used it to overcome colonialism and Apartheid. But after 24 years of democracy, can education liberate us from the persistent legacy of racial inequality that continues to plague the country? Research suggests that an effective way of using education to […]

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Posted on 18 April 2018 under Opportunity 4: Implementation Experience, Strategy 2017.

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Homeopathic doses of early learning just won’t work

Once the dust settles, it will dawn on us that much of the extra R57 billion allocated to higher education will be wasted as half the beneficiaries drop out. Why? Because their educational foundations are too shaky to cope with the demands of university or college. Over the next three years, more than a trillion […]

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Posted on 26 February 2018 under Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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The South African Child Gauge 2017: Invest in children for sustainable development

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 […]

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Posted on 28 November 2017 under Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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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 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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