Dept celebrates ECD graduates
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