Sikhula Sonke facilitates four different training programmes within the greater Khayelitsha township and community: Imbewu, Funda Udlale, Imbiza and Emthonjeni.
National qualifications framework (NQF)
SIkhula Sonke participated in the introduction of the NQF requirements for educating children from birth to 4 years of age.
We are committed to providing comprehensive quality programmess that are in line with the National Department of Education requirements:
NQF Comprehensive Requirements for ECD
NQF Overview of ECD requirements
Imbewu: Seeds of success
Sikhula Sonke provides training to ECD practitioners, both for the principals of ECD Centres and to their assistants. This training is accredited with the South African government at NQF levelS 4 and 2 respectively.
Sikhula Sonke also supports 60 ECD practitioners in meeting the minimum standards for ECD Centres as defined by the Department of Social Development.
(Left: A Sikhula Sonke-supported preschool)
FUNDA Udlale: Toy library
Sikhula Sonke ECD offers a toy library service, based in Harare Square, to the preschools and wider community of Khayelitsha. The Library has a three-fold outreach:
1. Facilitators take educational toys and equipment out into the community to encourage ECD skills and training.
2. The Toy Library Bus visits preschools and communities who have no access to ECD toys and resources.
3. Children and preschools can visit the permanent Toy Library hosted at City of Cape Town's Harare Library, where they can play with toys and games, interact with our team, and also visit the main community library.
IMBIZA: A Family & community motivator programme
Sikhula Sonke believes that all caregivers and parents should be informed and involved in nurturing and enhancing the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of their children.
To this end we offer educational interventions and programmes reaching out to parents and caregivers throughout the year. With a range of speakers and topics, the FCM programme is well received and attended. Our team also offers family support, counselling and helps participants to access resources for their children and families.
(Left: FCM takes place in areas like Enkanini, Site B and Site C)
Emthonjeni: play group outreach programme
In 2015 Sikhula Sonke piloted a play group outreach programme in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha, where very few children attend or receive early childhood development services. This programme was most successful and today our facilitators meet with children and caregivers using the local water supplies and public areas as safe spaces to interact and run interventions.
Communities like Monwabisi Park suffer from lack of resources because of the high rate of unemployment. The Emthonjeni programme offers free ECD access; while children play and learn with our facilitators, their caregivers and parents have the opportunity to participate in discussions, learn more about ECD and basic healthcare, and talk to our counsellors.
THe Fatherhood network
Sikhula Sonke started the Fatherhood Network in 2016. This is a network of men who have an active interest in and commitment to early childhood development and education.
The aim of the Fatherhood Network is to recognise and affirm the importance of fathers in early education; to create community networks of men who will advocate for the issues of child protection, safety and health; empower men with knowledge and resources so that they can play an active role in education, especially for special needs children; and encourage fathers to be active supporters and the heroes of their women and children.
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