Siyakwazi Early Childhood Development Programme
Early Childhood Development (ECD) falls under the Department of Social Development, and is therefore not allocated funding by the Department of Education. Considering that 80% of the brain is developed in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, the importance of quality ECD cannot be overstated. Unfortunately the reality does not always allow for this, and lack of funding, resources and teachers leave this pre-school phase with a huge gap.
Siyakwazi’s programme assists schools and ECD Centres by adding resources to their pool in the form of their trained volunteers, known as Siyasizas. The Siyasiza’s role is to help identify children with barriers to learning, manage inclusive learning programmes for the children, bring new knowledge and tools to the learning environment and encourage awareness amongst parents regarding their children’s milestones and learning.
How to get involved:
Funding an Early Childhood Development Learnership, provides corporates with a valuable opportunity to gain points under the Skills Development element of the B-BBEE Scorecard, while simultaneously empowering Siyasizas and building their knowledge to assist children and parents in the community.
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