Early Childhood Development
The ECD Association Ndlambe East is a Nemato Change a Life initiative to support preschools in the
townships of Port Alfred and Bathurst. The initiative has resulted in accredited teacher training
and food support for the under-resourced preschools. Our partners are
Early Inspiration, The Learning Trust,
JAM International and Rotary International.
In our numeracy class we offer the programme developed by the Rhodes University SA Numeracy Chair . It has
lots of fun activities and games to develop strong number skills. We combine it with worksheets that we download
individually for the participants to work at their own level. When members have developed sufficient numeracy
skills, they graduate to our maths class.
When we were fixing our rowing boats, it became clear that nobody knew how long a meter is. That
incident showed us how dysfunctional education in our townships is. We now offer after-school maths
classes five times per week. We see a strong improvement. On average participants see their marks
for our basic maths test almost double. We developed a programme to prepare for the national maths
test in grade 9. The national results for this test are shockingly poor with only 2.9% of the learners
achieving acceptable marks of 50% or higher. (report
page 73). Here is our 2016 maths report.
Our members in the highest grades have maths lessons on Skype by German students.
English speaking and reading
Members who start speaking English at an early age in our organisation develop this skill rapidly.
Those who fear to speak English stay behind. We games and activities to help to overcome the fear.
Speaking English a crucial skill for many jobs in South Africa. We'll add some reading, as poor
understanding of school books and exam questions is also holding learners back. Our reading programme
is supported by FunDza.
Van Deventer and Kruger claim that an important challenge facing South African schools is the restoration
of a sound culture of learning and teaching. We offer 'study time' to encourage members to study and our
computers and internet is available for members and non-members for homework, study and to research options for
further education and to register online for college and university.
Most youth in our townships are stuck in poverty. After finishing school, there is no money to study at a
College for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) or University. This is demotivating many
to even try to finish school. We realised that our slogan "success in life" is empty if we don't help our
members to move to a city to study at a college or university. We assist with registration, stipends and more.