On Wednesday, 29 March, ten principals and ten practitioners, based at ten informal creches in Alexandra, Johannesburg, will be graduating from an Early Childhood Development (ECD) training programme facilitated by the ASHA Trust and funded by the Spur Foundation.
The Spur Foundation’s funding of the training is the continuation of a highly successful partnership with the Trust, namely the Alexandra Project. This endeavour has resulted in the establishment of holistic, age-appropriate learning centres for children aged up to the 4 years.
Ronel van Dijk, Chief Financial Officer at Spur Corporation, says: “In communities like Alexandra, many households lack the means to meet the nutritional and educational needs of their children. Informal creches deliver important services to families, but sadly, they often do not have the resources and training needed for successful ECD.”
The ASHA Trust works in the poorest communities where the nutrition and educational needs of young children are often neglected. Through aligning their activities with the objectives of the South African government’s National Development Plan to improve conditions for the most vulnerable children, and promote employment, the ASHA Trust develops and facilitates training programmes in Child Care and ECD Management.
Thanks to the Spur Foundation’s support of ASHA Trust, more than 800 children now benefit from having quality education which prepares them for Grade R. Added to this, the principals that received Money Management training are better equipped to oversee the financial management of their schools and employ other educators from their communities.
“Through our funding, the Alexandra Project graduates are now equipped with the necessary skills to not only provide a stimulating educational environment, but also facilitate the healthy development of the children in their care. Through its programme, the ASHA Trust enables ECD practitioners and managers of home-based creches to gain the necessary learnings to provide a stimulating educational environment,” adds van Dijk.
She concludes: “We are committed to empowering practitioners to provide quality ECD care and look forward to congratulating the 20 graduates on 29 March.”
For more information on ASHA Trust and their training programmes please visit http://www.ashatrust.com/