Early Childhood Development Program
Using Education to Break the Poverty Cycle
In 2017, the U.S. National Institute of Health found that only 52% of students in South Africa would make it to the 12th grade, while the others would either fail or drop out. These high drop-out rates have been linked to the fact that many South African families lack access to proper early childhood education, therefore hindering the critical years of childhood brain development (90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5). Thus, not only are these children deprived of a proper educational experience, but they are deprived of the chance to break a generational cycle of poverty as they continue to lack access to better opportunities due to their educational deprivation.
Thus, through the early childhood education program, we seek to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational resources and training to underprivileged communities. Teachers and caregivers in the community are trained under a curriculum called Elevated ECD that covers:
Whole Brain Learning
Health and Nutrition
Our aim isn’t to just provide training to these leaders, but to inspire and empower them with a mission that spans well beyond just the classroom as they change these communities for the better. Beyond the training, we also seek to assist teachers in their daily class activities while ensuring that children in the communities have a safe place to learn, eat, play and develop their brains.
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