Social Employment Fund Update: Zibazini’s Story

This is a story of overcoming all odds to attain sustainability as an ECD centre. Zibanzini Pre-School has recently attained registration status with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and have received an ECD Subsidy.  Zibanzini ECD centre was started in 2010 by Khanyisile Mpethwa. Having a love for young children, she felt concerned that […]

Nutrition is a Basic Human Need

Children need the right foods at the right time to grow and develop to their full potential. However, meeting children’s nutritional needs in early life can be challenging for many parents, particularly in poor and under-resourced communities. The reality is that many infants and young children are not receiving the nutrition they need to survive […]

Facilitating Quality ECD Programmes

Learning Groups are the heart of ensuring quality programmes at Impande. Since 2014 the Learning Groups in UGU District have provided a mechanism for ECD teachers to come together to motivate each other, learn new skills and practice implementation.   In 2023 Impande aim to start learning groups in Winnie-Madikizela Mandela, Nthabankhulu and Umzimvubu municipalities in […]

A time for reflection and celebration

It was a long-awaited goal of ours to bring all of our ECD Network members together in one place for a celebration. After expanding out of our long held home of UGU district into Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala districts we have not managed to get members together in one place. Until now, and what a […]

It’s Not Every Day The President Visits

In January 2022, the Nelson Mandela Foundation approved grant funding for the construction of three new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in WM-Mandela Municipality in Eastern Cape. The source of the funds for the Little Flower Pre-school was from President Ramaphosa who committed to donate half of his presidential salary when he took office. Little […]

Implementing the Social Employment Fund

Over the last few months, we have been incredibly busy implementing our Social Employment Fund (SEF) project, after being selected as a strategic implementation partner by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Under this fund, teachers who previously earned close to nothing while working at unfunded Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will receive a monthly income […]

DUPLO to remote and under resourced ECD Centres

During 2021 Impande distributed DUPLO play and learn boxes to 150 ECD centres in WM Mandela Municipality in partnership with to Zero2Five.  After seeing the difference DUPLO made at ECD centres that had nothing, we engaged with Care for Education to scale up the project. To our delight they shared our vision of reaching remote […]

Function Shift

Function shift – we have been hearing this term for three years. Government responsibility for Early Childhood Development (ECD) is moving from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on the 1st April 2022. It has been a turbulent few years as there have been some mixed messages and […]

Expanding our reach

Impande is currently expanding operations to 2 new Municipalities – Umzimkhulu in the Harry Gwala District of KwaZulu-Natal and Ntabankulu in the Alfred Nzo District of the Eastern Cape. Both areas have high levels of poverty and unemployment, poor infrastructure and low levels of economic growth. Impande believes that the most effective developmental approach is […]

Building Dreams: Sibambesene ECD Centre

Drive approximately 30km on dirt road north of Dududu, hugging the Umkomazi river as it snakes it way through the valley and you will arrive at Ntshaseni area. It’s at least a 3-hour drive from Port Shepstone although referred to as ‘inland’ from Scottburgh. Here the new site of Sibambesene ECD Centre greets you. “Wow, […]