Creating jobs, incubating businesses

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In today's demanding world, educating and raising a child is a real challenge but this all-round development is a crucial determining factor journeying into adulthood. With this in mind, the E Club of Southern Africa D9400 Rotary Club hosted the launch of their Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Literacy programme in Woodmead on Saturday 23rd January 2019. The programme will provide 154 women who run ECD centres in Alexandra with the skills and knowledge to grow sustainable businesses, help prepare hundreds of young children for school as well as educate other practitioners. The E Club which is a rotary club made of members from around the world, partnered with the Rotary Foundation, the Sesego Foundation, the City of Johannesburg and the Alex ECD Forum and rotary clubs from Germany and the United States to raise the funds for the project.

Annemarie Mostert, a district governor nominee and the CEO of Sesego Foundation acknowledged the practitioners as unsung heroes in the Alexandra community who lay the foundation for future leaders in the country.The engagement with practitioners to find out what they need will develop a programme that will help address their concerns. Classes will take place twice a week to teach them about the programme and partner the women with mentors to help grow their businesses.

The MMC for Health and Social Development in Johannesburg, Dr Mpho Phalatse highlighted the importance of partnerships and thanked the rotary club for helping make the project a reality. She said many children still do not have access to this phase, which is essential to help children develop before they enter school. This programme comes in handy especially in an area like Alex that is so densely populated, many people rely on day mothers to care for their children while they are at work. However, these women often do not have any training but are trusted within the community and it is therefore important to invest in these day mothers - good people with a heart for children and that is something special.

Basically, what has been needed and what the rotary club is going to help address is the empowerment for practitioners to help them make their ECD centres more viable and to run sustainable businesses.

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