Highlights of 2019
The Imbiza Family Community Motivator (FCM) programme implemented the First 1000 Days programme which focuses on the development of a child from pregnancy to two years of age. The programme provides pregnant mothers with essential information and support for their babies and own health.
Our FCM facilitators were also trained in the BrainBoosters programme. This material helps to educate parents and caregivers about how to teach and educationally stimulate their children's development through play and reading. All the children who participated in this programme reached their developmental milestones.
IN 2019: 213 families participated, 2310 home visits were made, 236 children were reached, 24 special needs children were helped and 39 children were referred to specialists for follow up.
THE IMBEWU COACHING & SUPPORT PROGRAMME is designed to empower ECD practitioners with basic early childhood development skills. Practitioners were trained in the practical skills of running a classroom learning environment and how to stimulate children to learn. They were also trained in inclusive education to empower them to cope with children with special needs.
IN 2019: 30 ECD centres were trained and mentored in The Unlimited Child material. 34 centres were trained how to use the Inclusive Education programme. Principals also received training in how to use Assessment tools.
OUR FUNDA UDLALE TOY LIBRARY PROGRAMME has seen expansion of its activities. The Harare Square Toy Library continues to be a resource centre for ECD centres and for participants in Sikhula Sonke’s family and community programmes, as well as the local community in Harare itself.
The Funda Udlale programme has helped many children in their development. Many children in our programmes are from the poorest areas of Khayelitsha, where parents simply cannot afford to buy toys, let alone educational toys. The Toy Library helps these children to learn through play and broadens their environment through access to and interaction with different educational toys, games and books.
IN 2019: 73 packs of toys and books were borrowed, 101 play sessions for Emthonjeni groups took place and 47 ECD visits occurred. In total, 7369 child play/interaction sessions were made possible.
THE EMTHONJENI ‘WELLSPRING OF LEARNING’ PROGRAMME is executed at designed community spaces next to communal water taps and in community parks like that of UT-Gardens. The main goal of this programme is to provide ECD stimulation to children who cannot access formal ECD learning or preschools due to lack of access to finance, transport or for other reasons.
During the year these children were introduced to different themes of ECD learning. Many children were referred to specialised institutions for various special needs including hearing and visual screening. Caregivers and parents of the children in this programme also participated in an intensive Parent/Caregiver Training programme intervention to equip them with health and parenting skills.
Sikhula Sonke’s teams report that children have benefitted greatly from the Emthonjeni interactions, training and events.
IN 2019: 1641 sessions were held in public spaces, reaching 150 boys and 267 girls, interacting with and equipping 351 parents and caregivers. 38 children were referred to specialists.
Over 240 Early Childhood Development Practitioners have been trained in Basic Assistant Teacher Training over the past six years, reaching more than 3500 children.
Sikhula Sonke has coached and trained 75+ ECD sites, resulting in many becoming registered with the Department of Social Development.
Children graduating to junior school
We partner with local preschools and with caregivers. It is a joy to see many of the children that we reach either directly or indirectly (through equipping and supporting preschools and educators) move forward confidently into Grade R or Grade One at local primary schools in Khayelitsha.
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