Greater Alex ECD & Literacy Project

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On 05 August 2019 as part of the celebration of Women’s Month, 168 women and Early Childhood
Development (ECD) practitioners from 28 ECD facilities from the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg were
honoured in three graduation ceremonies. For the past six months, these dedicated women have been
undergoing intensive training, attending the Greater Alex Early Childhood Development and Literacy
Programme.
This programme initiated by the Rotary E Club of Southern Africa D9400 was made possible by the Rotary
Foundation, the Sešego Foundation, the City of Johannesburg, the Alexandra ECD Forums as well as Rotary
Clubs from Germany and the Rotary International Foundation (USA) through the Global Fund for the sum of
$73 704 (approximately R1 million).
The training aimed to empower ECD teachers with the skills and knowledge that they need to
grow sustainable businesses as they prepare young children in Alexandra Township for formal schooling. The
training was based on the needs and concerns raised by the teachers themselves. The training will impact 2346
learners.
Some of the topics included in the training were: Leadership and Communication, Financial Management and
Reporting, Classroom Management, Record-Keeping, Governance Training and Occupational Health and
Safety.
25 years into democracy, millions of children in South Africa are still negatively impacted daily by a range of
social and economic inequalities including poor nutrition, inadequate access to health care, social services and
education. The E Club of Southern Africa D9400 believes that the training will make a demonstrable difference
in the community of Alex and will go a long way in improving the lives of our most vulnerable members of our
society; our children. More than ever, our country needs creative and inspiring and empowered teachers to
shape and develop a new generation of children.