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Earlybird

When we first started Earlybird, it was a great source of inspiration to know this model existed elsewhere. Perhaps not with our home-grown curriculum or our specific teacher training modules, but the general concept of workplace-based educare is already well...

HearScreen: A case study in repurposing ideas

At the South African Innovation Summit, we challenged innovators to adapt their existing ideas so that they benefit children under age 6. For example, a mobile application game can be used to teach the basics of early development to parents; or a data geo-mapping...

On Learning from Failure

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates, 1995 The greatest opportunity for learning comes from the instances where things do not go as planned. Our unsuccessful attempt to use crowdsourcing as a means of...

Gaming for Good

Computer games have come a long way from arcade machines and basic home computers. These days, gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry going head to head with blockbuster movies in terms of revenue and public appeal. Games can however be much more than mere...

Stokvels: a valuable platform for ECD

At first glance, stokvels (shared savings clubs) and early childhood development might seem like an unusual match. But due to their popularity in South Africa, stokvels offer a valuable social capital platform that can be leveraged to provide caregivers with early...