The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Flagship Project was formally launched on 25 August 2016 by Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA). The objective of the project is to ensure that all ECD centres in Gamagara are in a position to provide quality childcare and education for children up to the age of 6.
The focus of the project will be on governance training, parental involvement, training for ECD management team and ECD practitioners, financial management training; food gardens, and the creation of income generating opportunities for locals.
The project duration will be 3 to 5 years. The project will adopt a phase approach with phase 1 focusing on capacitating practitioners with formal training to obtain a qualification in NQF Level 4: Further Education and Training Certificate in ECD and NQF Level 5: Higher Education and Training Certificate in ECD.
Phase 1 of the project will target both practitioners and assistants at the identified ECD centres in Kathu, Deben, Olifantshoek, Mapoteng and Siyathemba (former Dingleton). A total of 65 practitioners will be trained.
The desired impact of the Flagship Project is to improve qualifications and performance of ECD practitioners, increase the parental involvement at ECD centres, improve the effectiveness of management teams, ensure financial sustainability of ECD centres, and ensure food security at the centres.
Project Manager of the ECD project, Mrs Veronique Isaacs said, she and the REISA team were happy about the progress of the Project. “We are committed to developing and capacitating the ECD sector within the Gamagara Municipality, through our ECD Flagship Project. With the focus of both national and provincial government on early childhood development, our project is in line with international and national priorities”, said Mrs Isaacs.
People who attended the launch.