MASIKHULE MANDELA DAY
CAST ON 4 KIDS 2016
Adult education, empowering women and Early Childhood Development (ECD) are crucial to the upliftment and transformation of rural and under-developed communities - and Masikhule is dedicated to these strategic areas.
Masikhule, a registered Non-Profit (NPO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), founded in the Helderberg area of the Western Cape in 2005 by Léanne Keet, an Occupational Therapist, trains daycare and pre-school teachers and unemployed women from disadvantaged communities in ECD, providing essential skills that enable them to effectively educate and nurture pre-school children in their communities, and provide employment opportunities.
Masikhule makes a positive contribution to the eradication of poverty through its job creation, job placement and business management programmes.
The name Masikhule means ‘Let us Grow’ in isiXhosa.
It is not only the children who are growing and developing, but the women too.
- Over 300 women and teachers are trained per annum in Early Child Development and early
- Up to 30 community-based Early Learning Centres are mentored and developed, each over a
period of 3 to 5 years, until registered with the DSD and confidently independent.
- Over 1 800 children from birth to 6 years of age are educated and nurtured in these pre-schools
and crèches, providing them with a sound early learning program and the best start in life.