KWT May Trip 2023

The Africa A+ team completed their third 2023 field trip to the Eastern Cape. The field trip activities included a training session for the Kouga facilitators, facilitating four early childhood development (ECD) workshops at the Victory4All hall in Humansdorp, and on-site support visits to 15 ECD centres.

1) Facilitators’ learning session (15th May)

 The Kouga Facilitators’ in training visited two model ECD sites, Talhado Montessori and Disney Centre, in Sea Vista, St Francis Bay. After identifing elements of a model site, the facilitators planned how to support the Kouga ECD centres in their care so that they can move nearer to being model sites no matter the context they find themselves in.

2) Introduction to using technology in the an ECD setting  (16th May)

     The GROW with ECD facilitators introduced a small group of ECD principals to their data free app, Giraffe  

     Comments written by the participants in their own words after the GROW workshop:

  • That technology will make my admin much easier and that I will be able to involve my teachers as well.”

3) Cohort 1 workshop (17th May)

Principals and teachers from 6 Cohort 1 ECD centres attended the three hour afternoon workshop Two Kouga facilitators and two new ECD centres, Star Kids and Imizamo Yethu, also attended the workshop.

Comments written by the participants in their own words after the Cohort 1 workshop in response to the question: What are the two most important things you learned today?

  • “How the brain develop and How important I as a ECD teacher are in that first five years.”
  • “The crucial role we as ECD center facilitators play in early child development. Play can also be educational.

4) Cohort 3 workshop (18th May)

Principals and teachers from 14 ECD centres attended the three hour afternoon workshop. The workshop began with working creatively with fingerpaint before understanding the importance of stimulating children’s brain development in the early years. The participants worked together to create stimulating play-based learning activities for each age group.

Comments written by the participants in their own words after the workshop in response to the following question: What are the two most important things you learned today?:

  • That a child’s brain develop at a very early age. The sooner you start the better.”
  • “Die brein moet aanhoudend besig wees al is dit deur speel. Brein sele gaan dood as did nie gebruik word nie.” (The brain must be constantly stimulated through play. Brain cells die if they are not used.)
  • “How important even the first few months of their lives are. And how big the impact can be we make on them from Day 1.”

5) Grade R workshop 19th May)

Eleven Grade R teachers attended. Each ECD centre received and were orientated to the Grade R CAPS Home Language curriculum. The teachers learned about emergent literacy before working together to create play-based literacy activities for Grade R children.

6) On-site visits to ECD centres (15th – 19th May)

Five of the 15 on-site support visits are described below:

  • New ECD centres that have recently joined the Kouga Windfarm Trust ECD project:
  • Star Kids
  • Buzzzy Bees

Although Buzzzy Bees has no equipment or toys, the staff can facilitate learning. A+ provided loose parts (recycled, found and discarded materials) and demonstrated how to work with children to get them to work together using their problem-solving, imagination and creative skills.

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Quotes from participants in our recent workshop. ‘What has changed since you joined A+ training?’

  • My thoughts have changed.
  • I have build more confidence and, I started to believe in myself.
  • It gave me the spirit that I can be a teacher to the children and loving one another.
  • I am a better person.

There is a lot I have learnt because when starting here I didn’t know a thing.

  • I have learned so many things that I never could have thought of.
  •  I have learned a lot and have also learned to give children opportunities to be
  • Positief te dink (Think positively).
  • My critical thinking evolved and expanded.
  • Jy kom leeg en jy gaan weg altyd vol (You come empty and you always go away


A+ encourages teachers to actively engage children in learning through movement and play. Faith in Action Educare is playing a fun game that teaches the children about space and position, listening and following instructions, and co-operation.

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