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Feb 25, 2020

Early Childhood Development in South Africa

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Education Africa Early Childhood Development Project with your help.

Our team has grown, and we now have 5 new ECD (Early Childhood Development) trainers! They will start teaching in March in our centres and we couldn’t be more excited. We still need to get them the resources which will help them teach and demonstrate how to care for young children. With your generous donations we can help them do this.

The current landscape of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in South Africa includes a troublesome combination of undertrained caregivers and limited resources. According to a 2013 ECD Audit, only 10% of children living in Johannesburg between the ages of three and five are enrolled in ECD centres. Many caregivers, despite having years of practical experience, have poor reading, writing, and critical thinking skills -- impeding their ability to plan and manage effective early childhood programming. Without qualified caregivers, the majority of young children in Johannesburg have fallen through the cracks of our society’s care. Education Africa is equipped with the requisite specialised staff, structures and experience to tackle these issues and create meaningful change for South African children.

Be part of Making real change Happen by providing Poverty alleviation through Education.

James Urdang

CEO & Founder

Dec 2, 2019

Marimba Music in Alexandra Township

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Education Africa Alexandra Marimba Hub with your help.

An upskilling workshop for the educators was held at the end of October and the educators were taught new material and revised old methodologies. 51 children are attending the Hub and have reported that playing the marimbas makes them feel happy. We are still trying to find long term solutions to several challenges including storage and a suitable teaching venue that has minimum distractions.With your generous donations we can conquer these challenges and get more children to join the Hub!

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

Wishing you and all your loved ones Happy Holidays.

James Urdang

CEO & Founder

Education Africa

Sep 3, 2019

Marimba Music in Alexandra Township

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Alexandra Marimba Hub with your help.

A 30-hour training course was given at the beginning of July where an additional teacher from Alexandra was trained and another teacher attended for the second time to improve her skills. An upskilling workshop for the teachers is scheduled for the end of October.

At the end of June 51 children were recorded attending the Hub. Unfortunately, the Hub is situated in a public space open to all residents of Alexandra and we are still trying to find long term solutions to several challenges including storage and a suitable teaching venue that has minimum distractions. With your generous donations we can conquer these challenges and get more children to join the Hub!

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

Thank you again for your support,

James Urdang

 
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