Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, in partnership with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), is set to virtually hand over eight Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres across the Eastern Cape today.
The Department of Social Development and NLC are working together to invest and support initiatives aimed at improving learners’ access to quality of ECD, especially focusing on children in rural communities.
Hundreds of children meeting the criteria in the Eastern Cape stands to benefit from the opening of these new state-of-the-art ECD centres.
Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030) acknowledges the value of education in combatting poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Reaching the goals set out in the plan means making significant investments in its future – especially in the ECD sector.
ECD was declared a public good, therefore highlighting its development to benefit all children as part of government’s first 1 000 Days campaign.
The department says that the purpose of ECD centres is to protect the rights of children to develop to their full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential.
“The department still continues with the registration, provision and administration of the ECD subsidy, and ECD centres are encouraged to register their programmes.”