Early Childhood Education in South Africa

by Ikamva Labantu
Jun 19, 2013

Ikamva Labantu improves language skills in pre-schoolers

Training  teachers in  language development
Training teachers in language development

Our aim is not only to foster literacy, but also to promote and encourage the creativity and whole brained thinking that leads to all great, world-changing ideas.

Pre-school children in the townships of Cape Town are greatly disadvantaged in many ways.  If they are lucky, they have homes where, even though living in poverty, they are surrounded with loving nurturing adults who care for them deeply. For most of these children, however, their  access to books and reading is minimal and furthermore, their home language is Xhosa and they have limited exposure to English. This means that they miss out on those first crucial years where the brain develops and sets the foundation for future learning and optimal development.

Ikamva Labantu has a multi-pronged approach towards promoting literacy and language development amongst the young children in its Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. Firstly, we train pre-school teachers in the basics of language and communication and to apply these principles in the classrooms with exercises and games. We also train the teachers and community-based workers to recognize and identify language difficulties that children may have.  

Secondly, we have started a programme in on-line literacy training for pre-schoolers who are at an ECD centre in one of our community hubs. This has proved to be so successful that it will be rolled out to other centres during the year.

Thirdly, Ikamva Labantu has partnered with an organisation, Humanwrit.es to address this issue.  Humanwrit.es produces notebooks called Writables For each Writable sold, 10 workbooks are donated to pre-school children. These books are specially designed for the youngest members of the community. The aim is to instill a passion for reading and learning during their earliest years. In May 2013, the workbooks from the first edition of the Writable were donated to 20 000 children in over 200 ECD centres that form part of the Ithemba Labantwana community forum, operated under the umbrella of Ikamva Labantu.

Your support of this project will enable us to supply much needed resources to pre-schools in the Cape Town townships. These will enable teachers to stimulate children and provide them with the necessary language development skills to learn effectively and perform better at school.

See the heartwarming  video of Ikamva Labantu children receiving Humanwrit.es workbooks on http://humanwrit.es/giving-back/

Pre-schoolers with their new workbooks
Pre-schoolers with their new workbooks

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Ikamva Labantu

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​ikamva.org
Ikamva Labantu
Project Leader:
Jovana Risovic
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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