Kagiso Trust and Cotlands launched an exciting community initiative, Zamdela Jamboree, at the community’s multipurpose centre on Wednesday, 9 October 2019. The objective of the event is to ensure we improve the lives of children in South Africa through improved co-ordination and collaboration with various government departments. An intersectoral committee was formed in October 2018 with the purpose to advocate for the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD). The committee also provides an information-sharing platform for ECD centres and strategically increases access to play-based services in areas where children have no access to learning opportunities. The committee consists of, but is not limited to social workers, town planners, environmental health practitioners, nurses, NGOs, local municipality, ECD training organisations, corporates, ECD centres and primary schools etc. Through the committee, we have arranged for five government departments to exhibit at the Zamdela Jamboree and promote their essential services to heads of ECD centres and parents. These services include helping ECD centres qualify for subsidies based on complying with the minimum norms and standards and assisting parents with registering birth certificates and child support grants to improve their family’s standard of living. Through intersectoral collaboration amongst various government departments and investors, the initiative will improve the referral system to benefit the well-being of mothers and children.
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