Early childhood education programme thrives with Rotary and Mother of Peace

2017-03-15 06:04
 Photo: tania sandbergVisiting Mother of Peace (from left) Aneska Dupont (Rotary chairperson), Iris Canham (Head of Indwe Learning Centre: Mother of Peace), Sharon-Ann Theron, Tania Zilz-Hobsen (Montesorri directress at Mother of Peace), Kim Griffith Jones (Robin Hood Foundation Co-ordinator and Betsy Forbes (Robin Hood Foundation volunteer).

Photo: tania sandbergVisiting Mother of Peace (from left) Aneska Dupont (Rotary chairperson), Iris Canham (Head of Indwe Learning Centre: Mother of Peace), Sharon-Ann Theron, Tania Zilz-Hobsen (Montesorri directress at Mother of Peace), Kim Griffith Jones (Robin Hood Foundation Co-ordinator and Betsy Forbes (Robin Hood Foundation volunteer).

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THE Rotary Club of Amanzimtoti has partnered with Mother of Peace (MoP) Illovo to assist them with their Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme.

The programme started with providing capacity building and training for the teachers and facilitators.

Education challenges in South Africa include poor literacy, numeracy, life skills and general attitude to learning, which MoP believes needs to be enhanced in the early years. The small school has an ECD centre and Foundation Phase Primary School from Grade R to three. Two ECD facilitators at MoP were trained through local Educare training centres and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Amanzimtoti.

During the capacity building period Rotary also undertook extensive research on the impact of early childhood education programmes in the community and how they best served the children. It was found that implementation remained challenging and that qualified practitioners did not necessarily have the skills to implement quality programmes.

MoP is currently piloting the Montessori philosophy at the ECD centre as an initiative to enhance the impact.

The Rotary Club of Amanzimtoti will be investing in the capacity building of at least six facilitators in rural ECD centres which will include an implementation plan and specified programme to help ECD centres achieve maximum output and enhance child development.

Recently Rotary introduced the Robin Hood Foundation to Mother of Peace, to view their ECD programme. Tania Zilz-Hobsen (Montesorri Directress at Mother of Peace) showed their visitors the value of the Montessori teaching method used at Mother of Peace. - Supplied.

 

 

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