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Education Africa - Early Childhood Development (Train the Trainer)

A project from Friends of Education Africa gGmbH
in Sandton, South Africa

We train women from the townships to become state-certified educators in order to build a future for themselves, prepare children for school and give families the opportunity to go to work - alleviating poverty through education!

Björn Schalles
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About this project

Education Africa’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project, established in 2008, provides ongoing training and support to ECD practitioners and current or future potential caregivers with a view to ensuring children’s school readiness as they progress from preschool to primary school. More recently we have changed our focus from skills based training to a SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) NQF (National Qualification Framework) level 4 certified training programme. Our programme creates a solid foundation for lifelong learning and ultimate labour market success for pre-schoolers from impoverished areas, while at the same time providing under qualified caregivers with training and accreditation, directly impacting caregivers.

Our comprehensive training programme is cost-free for participants, a great benefit to ECD centres in disadvantaged areas that are already strained for resources. While many of the trainees entering this programme are already caregivers working in ECD centres, others are unemployed youths seeking a career opportunity. We are thrilled to be able to provide both with opportunities for growth. Our training curriculum consists of three core modules which include theoretical classroom workshops, practical implementation, onsite support and ongoing assessment. Additionally, we also offer a module in classroom resource making, turning scrap into much needed classroom resources that are taken for granted in most schools.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive a South African Qualifications Authority’s (SAQA) NQF Level 4 accreditation in Early Childhood Education and Development. In addition to providing our graduates with a tangible result to follow the completion of their training, this distinction provides them the opportunity to increase their employment prospects and, at the same time, provide the field with well qualified practitioners. This also opens up the door to additional learning opportunities.