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Role of ECD in Realising the Schooling 2030 Vision

Our country continues to be one of the most unequal societies in the world, with poverty and lack of resources still at the forefront creating serious obstacles for many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens. Early Childhood Development (ECD) has been recognised as one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty and confirms the tremendous importance of the early years for human development, while highlighting the importance of support during children’s formative years.

We cannot talk about the education 2030 vision without the inclusion of ECD. It has been a grave mistake to exclude and ignore ECD when tackling challenges facing education in the country. This is why Abram Kgari, Executive Director of Oratile ECD Centre, has taken it upon himself to improve the quality of education within ECD centres in the Diepsloot community, currently overseeing 130 centres registered with his forum.

Together with his team, Abram ensures that centres have daily programs that benefit the holistic growth of the children, in 5 main domains, which are:

  • Physical, including fine and gross motor skills;
  • Social;
  • Emotional;
  • Cognitive;
  • and Spiritual Development.

Training of practitioners is key in ensuring quality of education within ECD centres. In addition to having a NQF4 Level qualification, Abram believes that there are 3 fundamentals every ECD practitioner should have in order to create a positive learning environment.

  1. Passion and love for children.

“An ECD practitioner should have an innate love for children. This impacts greatly on the quality of work the practitioner delivers.”

  1. Understanding the realities and needs of the community

“To succeed in whatever you do, you need to know and understand the people you serve. Do work according to the needs and realities in that part of society.”

  1. Perseverance and commitment to providing high quality ECD services to children.

“The journey is not easy, there are a lot of challenges involved. The secret is always putting the interests of the children first.”

According to research, children who don’t attend ECD centres are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school. The most impact we can have on a children’s learning is at ages 3 to 5 and there’s no better way to get them off to a good start than the provision of quality early childhood development.

If you would like to assist Abram Kgari and the forum of ECDs he oversees in Diepsloot, you can reach him on kakgari@yahoo.com.

Abram Kgari was one of the panellists, alongside the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty, at the previous Education Conversations which took place at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus on 25 July 2017. The topic of the discussion was: Our Vision for South Africa Education.


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