Masikhule's primary objective is to ensure that children living within marginalised and disadvantaged areas attend crèches and pre-schools that provide a holistic Early Child Development (ECD) and stimulation programme where learning is fun, creative, practical and relevant.
Masikhule offers a variety of training courses to Educators in Early Childhood Development (birth to 6 years) and to ensure the implementation of theory into practice, we offer a mentorship service which includes in-service guidance and capacity building to a number of Early Learning Centres in the marginalised communities of the Helderberg. We train approximately 300 women per annum and reach more than 1800 children from birth to 6 years through our training and mentorship programmes.
In addition to training in ECD, we also offer workshops in early nutrition, menu planning and basic cooking skills and a course in crèche administration and management, both of which include a supply of resource kits. We are also actively developing Early Intervention and Curriculum programmes.
This is an organisation of women working with women for the benefit of the children. Masikhule means 'we are growing' in isiXhosa. It is not just the children who are growing, but the women too. Please see www.masikhule.org for more information.