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Mandela Day 2016

MandelaDay 2016                                    18/07/2016

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July. It was inspired by Madiba’s call to the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices. It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

In the words of Madiba, “it is in your hands now”.

ELRU (The Early Learning Resource Unit in Lansdowne) ventured to the Phandulwazi Community Hall,  in the heart of Langa. We met our Family and Community Motivators (FCM fieldworkers and Hlumisas (Playgroup mothers) and children as well as local mothers and their children. The ELRU team arrived with soup and bread as well as take home packs full of delicious goodies. Mandela Day 2016 was proudly sponsored by two of ELRU’s Development Partners:  The Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation and JAM (Joint Aid Management SA).

JAM SA ensured the kids in ELRU’s Langa programme were spoilt with takkies as gifts – the children brought their reusable bowls that is JAM’s donation in which to serve the daily porridge for the children’s nutrition which is JAM’s ongoing nutritional support to all ELRU’s projects.

The Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation donated carpets for 40 playgroups, along with soap, facecloths and toilet rolls for the 240 children.

We thank them for their ongoing support. The day was filled with dancing, singing, laughs and, most importantly, smiles.

We thank all the ELRU staff involved as well as our Funders for allowing us to continue the amazing work that ELRU does.

                   “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela"

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ELRU attended the South African Congress For Early Childhood Development Indaba in Malmesburg yesterday!

The Indaba focused primarily on advocacy and networking, while ECD / NGO organisations such as ELRU, Grassroots and CEDC were also present.

The aims and objectives of the Indaba:
1) Resource Mobilisation
2) Advocacy and Lobbying
3) Resource and Information Management
4) Marketing and Networking
5) Resource and Policy Development
6) Monitoring, Evaluation and Support
7) Capacity Building

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Craig Daniels has been a printing representative visiting  ELRU for a number of years.  On seeing the piles of books at ELRU, Craig asked what these were being collected for.  We explained that we had embarked on a Book Campaign in 2015 to collect 5 000 new and good second hand books for all the children in Langa.  Imagine our surprise when he said that his wife, Liza, was in charge of distribution of books at NB Publishers/Media 24 and he would enquire if she could arrange a donation.

Incredibly 12 000 new children’s books were in no time organised by Liza as a donation to ELRU. 

It was now our turn to find the transport to cart the 4 ton of books to ELRU’s premises in Lansdowne.

A telephone call to Sandra Booysen at RTT Logistics resulted in exactly this.  She very kindly took ELRU’s  emailed request and Annual Report  to ask her branch manager, Bruce Bartholomew, if he would consider donating the transport to ELRU.  Bruce Bartholomew came back in a short space of time with a positive reply.  They would deliver the books to ELRU on Saturday 19 March 2016.


ELRU thanks NB Publishers / Media 24 and RTT Logistics for their generosity.

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ELRU goes Open Source

Friday 16 October 2015

ELRU empowers Early Childhood Development (ECD) through the launch of its Open Access Portal

Open access policies encourage the sharing of quality learning resources to upscale ECD access in Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa, October 16, 2015:  The Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) is one of the oldest Non-Government Organisations in South Africa, concerned with Early Childhood Development.  We serve under resourced communities and help bring ECD services to vulnerable children from the poorest of poor communities.

Despite 37 years of dedicated work by our organisation and many others, approximately 63% of children in South Africa still do not have access to ECD services.  Early Childhood Development and learning interventions are essential to shape children’s lives in a way that will break the cycle of poverty.

We took a decision to boost our efforts to scale-up ECD services by making all our programmes and award winning publications open access.

This means that anyone can access electronic copies of our children’s books, materials and ECD practitioner support resources free of charge

This includes wonderful children’s story books in multiple indigenous languages and contexts to help children make sense of their world through the introduction of topics such as Inclusion, Anti-Bias, Early Mathematical concepts, Science and Early Literacy.

Over the past three decades ELRU has won multiple awards for its publications and capacitation programmes. The world has changed and technology can now help us reach the 6 out of 10 children who currently do not have access to ECD. “We felt that the time was right to share and allow all parents, caregivers and other ECD organisations open access to our body of work,” says Tracy van der Heyde, director of ELRU. 

We invite you to view our resources on our newly revamped website

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Children’s learning affected by unqualified Grade R teachers

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