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The graduates are from 60 ECD centres representing our neighbouring communities of Duduza, Tsakane and Kwa-Thema, as well as Mamelodi, which is in the precinct of our TSSSA activities. These centres are registered as non-profit organisations by the Department of Social Development. The certificates make them eligible to access government funding.

This momentous ceremony was hosted by Early Care Foundation on behalf of Gibela, the programme’s sponsor. The ECD programme seeks to build the capacity of women who run “informal”, home-based daycare centres to facilitate compliance with the legislation stipulated in the Children’s Act of 2005. The initiative also provided training that improves the ECD knowledge and skills of childminders to help sustain their emerging enterprises.

Gibela invested in the ECD initiative three years ago as part of its holistic approach to skills development. According to Community Development Manager Loyiso Jiya, this initiative has led to a significant improvement in the quality of early childhood care and education programmes at township based daycare centres.