Fathers Matter ECD.
Quality Early Learning Programmes
Year of Investment and Stage:
2022 | Developing and testing to validate problem solution fit
Developing and testing to validate problem solution fit
Have we reinvested:
Fathers Matter is an existing campaign by Heartlines Centre for Values Promotion that uses the power of story to support the positive and active role of fathers or men in the lives of children. The innovation, Fathers Matter ECD, will develop and adapt the existing campaign materials and knowledge into a toolkit for ECD practitioners, and a complementary training package for ECD NGOs, that aims to increase their knowledge and ability to engage male caregivers.
Why we Invested
Innovation Edge is excited by the opportunity to support the expansion of ECD-focused work under the well-established Fathers Matter banner, and to leverage the expertise and support of other ECD organisations in doing so. The innovation will offer opportunities to learn about pathways to scale by working in partnership with the ECD sector, ensuring that materials developed under the Fathers Matters ECD toolkit can be easily incorporated into existing programmes.
The team believes that there will be considerable buy-in from the ECD sector for this activity and as a consequence, once there is uptake, to a large extent, it has the potential to be self-sustaining in the long-term.
The Project Team
Simone Gregor, Project Manager at Heartlines: Simone is responsible for the ECD application of the Fathers Matter programme at Heartlines and its general communications.
Lereko Mfono is the overall coordinator of Fathers Matter.
Livhuwani Maphorogo is the Fathers Matter Research Lead.
Nevelia Moloi and Harriet Perlman are responsible for the project’s resources and video development.
Olefile Masangane and Nkosinathi Sixabayi are the project leads for community mobilisation and training.
Garth Japhet is the Strategic Lead.