Studies have shown that high quality stimulation through Early Childhood Development programs give children a better chance of breaking the poverty cycle. At Afrika Tikkun, we believe in empowering children as they are the future of the country. While every child should have the right to education, in reality, not all children have equal access. The Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers are the essential platform for children in disadvantaged positions because these centers set the stage for development and preparation for entering formal education.
The benefits of our ECD centers are as follows:
- Children who participate in ECD programs are shown to have higher school enrolment and completion rates and lower drop-out rates
- An investment in ECD saves money on remedial education later on
- ECD programs improve parent-child relationships
- ECD programs reduce economic disparities and gender inequalities in society
- ECD programs free parents up to look for employment, potentially increasing household revenue.
We have received positive feedback from where our children are currently attending primary schools. The majority of our children are performing far better than their peers from other feeder ECDs in the area. We have even been invited by a number of the primary schools to provide learning support to children from other ECDs who are facing difficulties as a result of the education received.
Success Story: Edwin N.
Edwin was referred to us by his Grade R class teacher who explained that he had multiple issues that made him unable to cope in a mainstream setting. He was disruptive, socially inappropriate and was unable to participate in structured classroom activities. Assessments revealed a variety of serious barriers to learning were affecting his function on a number of levels.
We implemented an Individualized Educational Plan for Edwin which focused on small group support in our learning center, Speech Therapy at Wits University and a positive reinforcement strategy. Within 3 months, Edwin had made excellent progress and was able to graduate and is now attending his Grade 1 class and can now integrate with other children in a positive manner. Edwin is now a proud member of his class.
Afrika Tikkun would like to acknowledge and thank GlobalGiving and all the donors for their support. It is through this support that children and families in disadvantaged positions, due to circumstances beyond their control, are granted the opportunities that will lead to a more prosperous future. Also, through this support we are able to carry out our vision of creating a sustainable future for children in South African townships.
Afrika Tikkun and the children in our ECDs thank you for your support!