It was President Cyril Ramaphosa who, in his 2018 SONA speech, was quoted as saying, “If we are to break the cycle of poverty, we need to educate the children of the poor.” There is global consensus around the premise that the first thousand days of a child’s life could hold the key to unlocking their lifelong potential. With good reason, too: by the age of five, 90% of a child’s brain will have developed. To this end, adequate healthcare, wholesome nutrition, quality childcare, early learning and stimulation are tantamount.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is broadly defined as the programmes, activities and experiences focused on promoting the education of young children. ECD can be extremely successful when caregivers, parents and educators all focus on this outcome. ECD also aims to equip little ones with confidence and the social skills they need, to forge a fruitful childhood and ultimately, successful adulthood. Much progress can be made to correct social inequality and poverty when quality ECD forms the foundation of young children.

Accredited training providers like The READ Institute offer invaluable learning courses that will empower ECD caregivers with the tools required to teach little ones with confidence. Registrations are now open for 2020! Please visit, or request information via, or call 0823887141 for further information.

As part of the READ Group, The READ Institute is built on the foundation of READ Educational Trust, a proudly South African NGO working tirelessly in teacher training and school resource provisioning and actively promoting literacy through successful programmes, since its inception in 1979.

 About READ Educational Trust

 READ Educational Trust is a South African non-profit organisation that operates broadly in the education and literacy sectors; specifically, in educator training and the provision of school resources. Established in 1979 and funded by both local and foreign donors as well as the private sector, READ works alongside the Department of Education to implement teacher training and literacy projects in schools. This is achieved through various programmes and activities aimed not only at learners themselves, but at educators, as well as through the provision of school resources. Initiatives include the annual Readathon Campaign, the Red Reading Box, the Rally to READ project, workshops, pop-up libraries, Early Childhood Development courses and more.

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