A large portion of South African learners do not have access to quality foundation education. This in turn impacts on the learner’s primary and secondary education. Additionally, research has shown that the average grade 1 student has 44% chance of reaching matric in the correct time, and once getting to matric will only have 14% chance of being qualified to enter into university. SALT believes that dramatic social change is centred on education. SALT has come alongside grass-root level ECD centres and high school students to provide life-changing opportunities.
Early Childhood Development Centers:
Only 43% of children under 5 are exposed to an Early Childhood Development programme, whether at home or at a center. This has detrimental effects on the child’s development and on their primary school school-readiness. SALT partners with local Early Childhood Development Centers and pre-schools. We assist with educational support, training of education staff, classroom resources and facilities, daily meals and more.
Zusakhe Educare in Dunoon is a model school that SALT has partnered with since 2002. The early childhood development center now runs at a higher level of education, with an improved facility and qualified teachers overseeing the daily running of the school.
Success: we have assisted 6 teachers in achieving their National Diploma: Educare (N4 and N5 certificates), implemented a performance based incentive Programme for teachers, the standards of education has been revitalized and improvement in knowledge, through art work, has been noticed in the young learners.
What’s next? We would like to expand and partner with an additional 2 ECD schools in the next 5 years. Our successful model used in our existing partnerships will be replicated across the chosen schools.