Who we are
Sikhula Sonke ECD is a community-based organisation with a mandate to meet the need for quality early childhood development interventions in Khayelitsha. Early childhood development is defined as the:
“processes by which children from birth to nine years grow and thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and socially.” (Education White Paper March 1995)
Sikhula Sonke offers free early childhood development training and support to the parents, caregivers and pre-school teachers of young children in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town, South Africa.
Our programmes include:
Teacher training - providing accredited training to ECD practitioners who run their own pre-schools.
Coaching and support for ECD practitioners, within the context of their pre-schools and on-site at the Harare library resource centre.
Training and support for families and care-givers in their homes and by using community spaces - the Family and Community Motivator (FCM) Programme.
Community outreach projects - in specific communities in Khayeltisha, and for children who do not go to pre-school
Toy library services, taking toys and learning to communities who do not have toys, facilitators, educators and play facilities available.
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How sikhula sonke started
In the eighties and nineties Khayelitsha’s communities were in turmoil and there was a dire need for proper housing, in addition to health and educational facilities. In the early 1990’s Claremont Methodist Church responded to these needs. The church established its Social Impact Ministry and began building houses in the Harare area of Khayelitsha.
At this time the plight of young, unschooled and vulnerable children became apparent to members of the church who were working in the township, and Sikhula Sonke came into being with the specific purpose of addressing these needs.
Now, nearly 20 years later, Khayelitsha remains one of the 22 identified Presidential Poverty nodes in South Africa, and we remain focused on seeing this community empowered.
Non Profit Company Number: 2003/010956/08
Date Established: 2001
NPO Registration Number: 030-217 NPO
SARS PBO Registration Number: 930 004 377
Section 18A Registration: Yes
BBB-EE compliant: Yes