Parents taught the nitty-gritty of kids

2018-05-24 06:00
Some of the parents and guardians who attended the workshop held at Siseko Educare Centre in Gugulethu.          PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of the parents and guardians who attended the workshop held at Siseko Educare Centre in Gugulethu. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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In an effort to educate and empower parents and guardians looking after children, the Grassroots Educare Trust (GET) held a workshop at Siseko Educare Centre in Gugulethu last Saturday, where about 50 parents from the area attended.

GET facilitator Tembisa Tshangana said the aim is to facilitate access to equality Early Childhood Development services in order to achieve a safe, secure and stimulating environment for all young children.

“The training has been formulated for young parents, grandparents and guardians who are looking after children to equip them with skills on how to develop a child intellectually, physically and socially. We’ve realised that in some families, there are no parents and children are left alone. In other families biological parents have passed on and children are left with their grand-parents or guardians and they are struggling to look after them,” said Tshangana.

“We also encourage parents or guardians to spend more time with their children. They must play and share stories with them.

And by doing that, they create a good relationship between a child and parent,” said Tshangana.

She said their targets are children from birth to five years.

“We do accommodate even more than five-year-old children, but in most cases, we are dealing with under five years old. It depends on the circumstances,” she said.

Tshangana said they started the program last year.

“We started last October in Delft and last month we were in Gatesville, Athlone,” she said.

One of the parents at the workshop Nomsa Cengimbo,45, from NY38, described the workshop as informative.

“As a single mother, the workshop taught me that I need to be open to my children. I must communicate and interact with them all the time. And I must always be involved,

Cengimbo is a mother of three.

GET is an organisation partnering with UNICEF and the Department of Social Development through the National Early Childhood Development Alliance (NECDA) to train and hold workshops for parents to understand their roles in the sphere of early childhood development.

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