ECD training begins for teacher assistants

Back row – Anela Sikundla, Lydia Abel, Bev da Costa. Front row – Jean Namate, Patience Ngwenya, Olivia Masambo, Theresa Nyambura

Worldwide and local research illustrates that early intervention in the lives of young children evokes a huge difference later on. Spending money in the first 6 years of a child's education yields the highest return over the course of a person's life (Heckman and Masterov, 2004).

February saw the start of our much anticipated Early Childhood Development (ECD) Teacher Training Course for classroom assistants from both Herzlia and Phyllis Jowell.

35 eager and dedicated ECD practitioners arrived at the training with much excitement and a willingness to learn more, embarking on the first step to a tertiary education qualification.

The course is a Level 4 SETA accredited qualification through Boland College and students will attend classes at the Cape Town Science Centre once a week over an 18 month period. Classes are presented by ORT SA CAPE's highly qualified and competent facilitators.

ORT SA CAPE is passionate about Early Childhood Development and is committed to improving teacher's skills, thereby enhancing the quality of Early Childhood Education. ECD is the most crucial stage in a child's overall development. Education and stimulation during this time is essential for children to reach their full potential.

Thank you to our partners and funders for giving these trainees this opportunity. We believe that our united efforts will significantly and positively impact not only on their future but on the future of our young children in their care, affording them all an opportunity to realize their full potential.

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