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Government serious in improving Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme

By: Mmasape Malatji

The Department of Social Development together with the Department of Education held the Early Childhood Development (ECD) on the 23th May 2017 at Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane. The purpose of the summit was to improve the services of children from 0-5 years in community centres.

The MEC for Education Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe said “ECD is the foundation of skills development which will produce teachers, doctors, nurses, traffic officers and engineers. Investment on early childhood development is an investment to the future”.


The acting MEC for Social Development Dr Phophi Ramathuba added “It is encouraging for us both as the Government and Social Development to see many faces interested in the topic, that of developing our children.

The ECD is an Apex priority of our government, we believe and are committed to ensure that all children in the province must enjoy services and benefit their nutrition, education, their social care and sport activities”.

She added that Early Childhood Development is one of the strategy to tackle poverty, contribute toward human capital development at large. “To increase our footprint in the cause of ECD development it is imperative that the programme reaches all children in the province at an early age. It takes a village to raise a child.”

Phophi was worried about the ECD centres in communities that are not registered. She said it is difficult for the government to support centres that are not registered. Recently, the Department of Education released graduates on ECD at the Waterberg TVET. Meanwhile, the Department of Education is going to have Educational Summit on 29 – 30 May 2017 in Polokwane. The summit will also have a topic on ECD.