President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address, said that he wants to see all South African children receive at least two years of Early Childhood Development (ECD) before they begin Grade 1.
Recognised globally as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make, this commitment to early education for our country’s children could radically change South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation also recently announced that their strategy for the next 10 years of Mandela Day will focus on policy change, with ECD rightfully taking centre stage. ECD is a child’s crucial development phase between birth and when going to school. During this phase, children learn foundational cognitive abilities, attitudes, and skills in preparation for primary school and the rest of their life.
In the lead up to Mandela Day on 18 July, GROW Educare Centres invites individuals and companies to partner with them and other ECDs in different capacities to bring about sustainable change in celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy.
“We represent 30 Educare Centres across under-resourced communities in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg; all of which are independently owned and working in partnership with us to achieve a 5* Star ECD rating. With your help this Mandela Day, we can make an even greater impact,” says Tracey Chambers, CEO of GROW.