Ex­pe­di­tion now also sup­ports early child­hood devel­op­ment

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO EDUCATION - Larry Bent­ley

ONE thing about South Africans is that they are a cre­ative bunch of guys and girls.

This is il­lus­trated by the lat­est ad­di­tion to the pack­age of hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tiv­i­ties mak­ing up the the Kings­ley Hol­gate Foun­da­tion’s ex­pe­di­tions.

Those who have been in­volved with these ac­tiv­i­ties will be aware of the Mashozi Rite to Sight spec­ta­cles, the malaria nets, drink­ing straws, the Rhino Art pro­gramme and the soc­cer games pro­mot­ing rhino con­ser­va­tion.

Ian Gour­ley of Bar­rows, who pro­duce re­tail ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial, has added Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment (ECD) to this arse­nal of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

Gour­ley says that by im­ple­ment­ing ‘ex­cess busi­ness har­vest­ing’ he is mak­ing puz­zles and games for preschool­ers to de­velop ECD pro­grammes in schools.

Ninety per­cent of a hu­man’s neu­ro­log­i­cal path­ways are de­vel­oped be­tween 0 and 6 years of age.

With this early devel­op­ment of preschool­ers not be­ing ad­e­quately ad­dressed by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, it is hoped that the new gen­er­a­tion will de­velop lead­ers who will bet­ter ad­dress the is­sues fac­ing South Africa.

Bar­rows are plac­ing ECD cen­tres in the pri­mary schools be­ing vis­ited by the Kings­ley Hol­gate Foun­da­tion, thus adding to the ex­pe­di­tion’s sense of pur­pose.

Larry Bent­ley

Ian Gour­ley pre­sent­ing his Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment pro­gramme at Nce­ma­neni Pri­mary School

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