Making Early Childhood Development everyone’s business
Providing quality home-based ECD services
Penreach officially launched the Umphakatsi Early Childhood Development (ECD) project on 25 February 2016 at Khula-khula Pre-School in Msholozi. The event was attended by community leaders, officials from the Department of Education, the Department of Social Development, local funding members and the broader Msholozi community. The project will reach 301 children in 221 households in Msholozi over the course of 3 years.
The Umphakatsi Model
Umphakatsi is a SiSwati term meaning “community”. The Umphakatsi model is a non-centre based approach which involves the provision of ECD services within the home. The project is implemented in partnership with Child Welfare White River and Eco-Link as strategic partners.
In this model, non-centre based practitioners (NCBPs) who are community volunteers, work with a number of families in a given community and visit each family for a set period of time in each week. During these visits, the NCBPs engage the children and also share knowledge and information with the primary caregivers on activities they can use to stimulate early learning.
The Umphakatsi model seeks to build the capacity of primary caregivers so that they are able to continue to provide these early learning activities and opportunities to their children after the completion of the programme.
(L-R) Matthew Comins, Halls representative, Thulile Makofane, Penreach, Andile Ncontsa, Penreach CEO, Sally Wakefield, Penryn Prep, Nancy Siwela, and Ethel Khoza, Dept of Edu, admire some of the toys in the toy library that was officially opened on the day.
The Umphakatsi project is made possible through the gracious support of the Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund, First National Bank, RB Hagart Trust & Halls. Equally, the Msholozi community is acknowledged for embracing the project and allowing Penreach into their homes. It is such partnerships that ensure the sustainability of development initiatives.
(L) Councillor Kenneth Mkhonto expressed appreciation towards Penreach for empowering the Msholozi Community. (R) Sally Wakefield, Andile Ncontsa and Councillor Mkhonto officially open the toy library.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the children in my community. This project has also given me an opportunity to develop myself through the ongoing training that we are receiving from Penreach and its partners. I have already learnt a lot about children and their mind-set”. Karabo Khoza, 21 (Non-Centre Based Practitioner)
Call to Action
Partner with us to enable us to ensure that more children access ECD services in their homes and give them fair shot at achieving educational excellence later in life. You may also contribute by donating toys, particularly teddy bears, for the children. It is our collective responsibility to ensure educational excellence for one and all South Africans.
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Teacher Development @ Penreach 2016
Broadening the skills and knowledge of our teachers
On Saturday 27 February Penreach successfully held the first Teacher Development Workshop for 2016. These workshops have been an institution at Penreach for over 20 years, with the purpose of developing and empowering teachers and ECD (Early Childhood Development) practitioners with skills and knowledge across various fields of study. It furthermore serves as a platform for sharing, learning from one another, networking, socialising and also assists with practical skills development amongst teachers from Grade 00 – Grade 9. Teachers come from as far as Bushbuckridge, Malelane, Matsulu, Barberton and Badplaas to join those from Kabokweni, Kanyamazane, Hlau –Hlau and Pienaar. Attendance is voluntary and workshops are endorsed by SACE.
525 ECD practitioners, 625 grade 1-9 teachers, 60 SMT (School Management Teams) and 30 SGB (School Governing Body members) attended the first workshop. Over 23 000 learners are indirectly impacted through this initiative. By partnering with Penreach, and becoming a #PenreachPartner, you will enable us extend this impact across Mpumalanga!
To date the SMT, sign language, trauma counselling and basic skills in ECD classes are the most popular subjects. We also offer courses on Baby Care, Storytelling, Auditory & Visual Perception, Life Skills, Integrated Literacy & Numeracy and many more.
"I'm proud to be a student of Penreach. I learn a lot and I'm still achieving. The motivation is fantastic and I will stick to this: 'Do something with your life - it is never too late. You can achieve'". - Sihle Ndwandwe To read our fist term newsletter, click here
Penreach - Inspiring Science careers
National Science Week (3-8 August 2015)
Penreach lit up the lives of over 10,000 learners from 38 schools in Mbombela and Nkomazi last week. Spectacular displays involving fire and light formed part of the National Science Week activities. The activities were intended to stimulate interest in science as a subject of study and also promote science and technology careers. The theme for this year was The International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. Activities included science shows, career guidance, motivation and role modelling, lectures on light, puppetry and short movies. 27 schools visited Penreach’s Shalamuka Science Centre while 11 schools were reached through the mobile lab.
“This science show has definitely given our learners exposure to science experiments that we would otherwise not have achieved ourselves, due to lack of basic equipment. We hope some of them have been inspired to study science after matric.” Mr. P.H. Themba, Kamhlushwa Primary.
Thousands of learners set to benefit from science lab
Bayer in South Africa has joined forces with the social impact Organisation Penreach to take Math and Science closer to a number of schools in Mpumalanga through the sponsorship of a Penreach mobile Math and Science laboratory. Click on the above image to watch the video
The life sciences company has made funds available to Penreach in an effort to support their continued outreach programmes to previously disadvantaged schools in the Mpumalanga that target both students and teachers.
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