Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA)

Developing South Africa’s Most Precious Resources through Preschools-Of-The-Future (POF) Movement

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Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA)

Durban, Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Project Summary

Stats-SA revealed that 63% of preschool-age children do not attend any ECD programmes to focus on school readiness. There is a big education gap between races, with a significantly greater percentage of black children left out due to socio-economic factors. Overall Goal: To increase access to and provision of quality community-based ECD services for vulnerable children aged 2-6 years from disadvantaged communities across South-Africa. Strategy is based on:-Capacity-building of ECD-practitioners which tackle youth-unemployment; -On-site mentoring, support and refurbishment of informal ECD centres;-Linkages of informal and registered ECD facilities for sustainability;-Facilitate community and parent engagements;-Advocate for ECD interventions as part of the compulsory basic education system.Quality-interventions during childhood have positive outcomes for both the family and society. Women are able to work and earn an income. Long-term gains for the children include decreased health risks; higher academic achievement; higher income-earning potential.

Problem Statement

In South-Africa, two-thirds of black children live below the poverty line compared with 2% of white children. In poor households, inequality has many aspects and it can lead to poor heath and poor educational outcomes. Many of the targeted children between birth and 6 years are situated in rural homelands and are subject to multiple deprivation, despite high investments in public education. Majority of young children in South-Africa are impacted by a range of social and economic inequalities. Apartheid and the resultant socio-economic inequalities have created a childhood of adversity for most black South-African children which is still prevalent to this day, including inadequate access to healthcare, education, social services and quality nutrition. This has undermined the development of South-African children. Early childhood is a critical period that determines a person’s ability to reach his or her lifelong health, social, and economic potential. Comprehensive early childhood well-being which consists of physical and mental health, cognitive functioning, social and emotional development has strong links to long-term outcomes such as educational attainment, annual income, and mental health. Many of the identified communities experience income inequality which relates to high rates of unemployment. With the opportunities of employment, food security and household strengthening presented by the programme for impoverished communities, many children will be integrated into comprehensive early childhood health and education system. The proposed intervention will address some of the prominent challenges facing ECD facilities which include absence of learning materials and resources, and lack of qualified teachers and poor sanitation amenities.

Solution Overview

Events in early-childhood are vital in shaping health, education, social and economic outcomes for the duration of the child’s life. By ensuring every child is afforded the opportunity to participate in quality ECD interventions, the inequality gap will be bridged and as adults, these children can equally contribute to household-strengthening and economic-development. Programme outputs will be measured against set objectives to monitor the anticipated impact over a specified period. When milestones are reached within the set timeframe will indicate progress towards achieving the goalThe programme will ensure active participation of preschool-age children in registered ECD facilities across all 9 South-African provinces with special-focus on impoverished and rural communities. During the first two implementation phases, scaling up operations in 5 current provinces and proving the concept during the third phase into four provinces. Over a 5-years period: -Informal preschools identified, supported and refurbished-Increased children aged 2-6 years participating in ECD interventions-Conduct and participate in nationwide campaigns, events and dialogues advocating for ECD education -Sustainable employment opportunities created-Increased households reached with economic-strengthening Primary-beneficiaries are children aged 2–6 years from impoverished households. HPPSA’s POF Movement ideology recognizes the interlinked factors that are encompassed under ECD and therefore addresses the various elements that hinder successful childhood-development. The proposed intervention will prevent children from disadvantaged backgrounds from falling through the cracks and eventually dropping out of school. Women as secondary-beneficiaries are able to work meaning families improve parenting-skills.

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Project Funders

  • Government of Monaco 2017 - 2018
  • USAID - Component IV 2018 - 2022
  • Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) 2016 - 2020

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