Dept cel­e­brates ECD grad­u­ates

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THE NORTH­ERN Cape Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion yes­ter­day cel­e­brated 39 Grade R prac­ti­tion­ers who ob­tained their Diploma in Grade R Teach­ing from the Univer­sity of the North West.

Speak­ing at the event, the deputy direc­tor gen­eral of the North­ern Cape Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Michelle Ish­mail, on be­half of MEC Martha Bartlett, pointed out that “the im­por­tance of early child­hood de­vel­op­ment can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated”.

“Events in the first few years of life – and even be­fore birth – play a vi­tal role in shap­ing the lives of in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­eties. We un­der­stand that an in­vest­ment at this early stage of life is com­pen­sated by the creation of a so­ci­ety that is health­ier and more eq­ui­table. Yet, de­spite the over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence, we know that in­vest­ments in early child­hood de­vel­op­ment re­main in­suf­fi­cient,” Ish­mail said.

She thanked Glo­beleq, Droog­fontein So­lar Power and De Aar So­lar Power as “val­ued part­ners in ed­u­ca­tion” for their in­vest­ment in the ECD pro­gramme.

“This is what we mean when we say that ed­u­ca­tion is a so­ci­etal mat­ter,” she said.

– Norma Wildenboer

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