More than 807 children from Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas, Uitenhage and Walmer benefitted in 2016 from support from four Rotary Clubs in Port Elizabeth (Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth West and Port Elizabeth Elizabeth Sunrise). These Rotary Clubs, together with international support have provided funding for 63 practitioners to attend the Early Inspiration training programme for early childhood development (ECD) professionals.
63 women working in primary schools and ECD centres in the areas identified by Early Inspiration as needing skills development underwent level two and level four ECD training.
“Children in the classes of practitioners who took part in our training showed an average improvement of 30%,” remarks Early Inspiration MD, Dr Lauren Stretch. “Our control group which didn’t receive our involvement showed an average of 0% improvement – this goes to show the hard work and commitments that our practitioners put into their centres and the positive impact it has. And it wouldn’t be possible without funders like the Rotary Club.”
Four Rotary Clubs in Port Elizabeth contributed to the project and approached its district office to add to its financial contribution. These contributions are in turn matched by the US-based Rotary Foundation with other international clubs and districts showing support of the most recent Early Inspiration investment. “This approach saw the Rotary Club being able to provide support incredibly quickly, and the donations in international currencies meant we could extend training to 29 more trainees due to an overflow of contributions from seven Rotary Clubs in Oregon, USA,” adds Dr Stretch.
A total of 63 practitioners in Nelson Mandela Bay will have undergone training and support, funded by Rotary Clubs in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Talking about the most recent community work invested in by the Bay’s Rotary Clubs, Mel Smethurst from Port Elizabeth West Rotary Club says: “What an ‘inspiration’ this partnership has proven to be. We believe the end-result will be a game, as well as a life-changing experience for not only little ones, but the community in which they are to grow up. Early Inspiration has worked within the communities we support for many years, and we’ve already seen a wider community benefit emerge making it a sustainable solution for education issues in developing communities.”
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