ITEC envisages a child-friendly South Africa where all children are able to access opportunities for optimal development.

We believe that children have the right to live in a safe, caring, and stimulating environment, and that they deserve the care and education that will equip them for tomorrow's world.

  If you would like to donate, please contact us at 043 7438333. We have Section 18A status -  your donation is tax deductible. 

‘Leading for Reading’ Imbizo

How do we ensure that all children can read fluently by the end of Grade 3?

  • That was the key question discussed by primary school principals, heads of the Foundation Phase, and Uitenhage Education officials at the ‘Leading for Reading’ Imbizo in Jeffreys Bay on 21 September.

In his keynote address, Professor Brahm Fleisch of Wits University, drew our attention to the evidence that a combination of  good teaching practice and appropriate resources improves learner performance.



Prof. Fleisch pointed out that the teaching of reading in the Foundation Phase requires professional, committed staff.  As a start, school leaders can prioritise early grade reading by

  • placing their freshest, most committed, professional teachers in the Grade 1 class
  • deciding to have smaller classes in the Foundation Phase.

After discussing the essential components of reading, and the core methods for teaching reading, delegates deliberated on what is working in their schools, the challenges they face, and plans for improving reading in the Foundation Phase.

The Imbizo was part of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm Reading Coach programme.

















ECD Forum meeting on 19 July 2016

The new National Integrated Early Childhood Development policy was up for discussion at the ECD Forum meeting on 19 July, 2016, which was co-hosted by the Network of  Early Childhood Training Agencies (NECTA).  The Forum Chairperson, Ms Michele Kay, gave an overview of the policy, after which participants explored the implications of the policy.  We identified some concerns, many opportunities, and began to map some proposed actions for ECD stakeholders.

Click on the pictures below to scroll through the gallery.

Global Wind Day

We were extremely proud of some of the primary schools we work with in the Kouga area in the  Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Foundation Phase Reading Coach Programme.  Foundation Phase learners took part in a creative writing and art competition to mark Global Wind Day on 18 June.  

The newspaper cutting below shows learners and staff at Patensie Primary School with ITEC staff member, Mr Zukile Ningi.  Click on the picture to enlarge it. 

Wind day


Early Childhood Development Forum

A very vibrant and participatory meeting of the Eastern Cape Early Childhood Development Forum was held on 13 April 2016 at ITEC.

We discussed the soon-to-be published National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy, which was approved by Cabinet in December 2016 and should be publicly available shortly.  The policy provides for a Comprehensive Package of services for all young children in the longer term, with Essential Components that must be provided in the short to medium term.  The Policy reflects the worldwide understanding that our experiences during our earliest years affect our future lives profoundly, and that positive experiences have the potential to transform society for the better.

We were also excited to be involved in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s development of their new Child and Youth Strategy.  For the first time, this will include a strong focus on the needs and rights of the youngest children.   May this be the start of putting young children first in every Municipality in the province!

The University of Fort Hare also had wonderful news to share.  In honour of the University’s centenary, the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development is holding a Children’s Festival that will focus our attention on children, education and our multilingual future.  Much of the Festival will focus on the language and literacy development of the youngest children.

The University is also making great strides in promoting development during early childhood. The UFH ECD Centre of Excellence has completed the first year of planning, and aims to provide a transdisciplinary focus for innovation, teaching and learning, research, and community engagement.

Documents from the meeting are available for download on our ECD Forum Meeting page.  The next meeting will be on 20 July, 2016.



Happy World Read Aloud Day!

reading family

Every year, World Read Aloud Day draws attention across the globe to the power and joy of literacy.  On 24 February this year, millions of people will be reading aloud or sharing stories with each other, and particularly with young children.

Anyone can do it – spend some time enjoying reading aloud to children, grandchildren, teens or adults.  Or persuade the children to read to parents or grandparents!





Our project in Jingqi

ITEC is supporting Early Childhood Development  in the deep rural area of Jingqi, near Willowvale in the Eastern Cape.

We recently partnered with  local leadership, government departments, and the local people to raise awareness of the needs of the youngest children through a series of Jamborees in various rural villages.  The crowds were entertained by traditional story-telling and dancing, and were able to access health and social services.



News from the ECD Forum

ECD Forum 13

Participants at the 13th meeting of the ECD Forum

The wellbeing and development of our youngest children is key to our future.   All children have the right to be loved, nurtured, and protected - but scientific evidence is increasingly clear that if our society pays attention to the needs of very young, we can reduce poverty and inequality, and improve the health and wellbeing of our whole population. 

The Eastern Cape Early Childhood Development Forum facilitates dialogue and collaboration amongst people and organisations who care about young children.   Participants come from across the province, and South Africa, to share information and best practice on a range of topics that affect young children.  The Forum is currently hosted by ITEC. 

For more information, pictures and documents, click on the ECD Forum tab. 

What’s new at ITEC?


Excited Maths and Science learners after their orientation to online learning

Maths, Science and Technology

A group of promising Grade 12 learners have been introduced to ITEC’s Maths and Science programme.

The programme includes not only extra lessons on challenging Maths and Science topics, but also visits to local industry, science fairs and competitions, motivational talks and personal growth.  For the past few years learners have also been introduced to end-user computing in our two 20-seater laboratories.

This year we are focusing even more on the rich maths and science resources available via modern technology.  The subject experts working with the learners are encouraged to make use of the excellent free online videos and software available to maths and science  teachers, while each learner on the programme is able to consolidate their learning through the Siyavula Intelligent Practice service.

Teachers are not left out – Grade 12 maths and science teachers are invited to attend regular seminars on challenging topics.







Draft National Policy for ECD

We have a unique opportunity to define the future of young children in South Africa by commenting on the Draft National Policy for Early Childhood Development.  Comments are due by 24 April, 2015.Draft ECD Policy

This landmark policy document aims to ensure that all children in South Africa, especially the most vulnerable, have access to the services and programmes they need to develop to their full potential.

Not only is this a children’s rights issue, but is also deeply important for the future of our society as a whole.

The evidence is increasingly clear that children’s life trajectories are set during the earliest years of their lives. Children who are well nourished, who are loved and well cared for, and who have rich opportunities to learn, are more likely to be happy, successful, and healthy adults.

Click on the link to read or download the Draft Policy

If you would like to comment directly to government (by 24 April), please use the prescribed Comment Format.

If you would like to add your voice to a broader collective, please contact Michele Kay at 043 7438333, or email


WELCOME, 2015!

Our most fervent hope for 2015 is that children everywhere will be cared for, loved and protected.  We hope that families, friends and teachers will be positive role-models, and that they will be able to provide excellent learning opportunities for children in their care.

During the year, there are a number of opportunities to advocate for children and families.  Click on the links to find out more about each day.  You can also download UNICEF’s Advocacy Calendar for South Africa 2015.

We hope 2015 brings great happiness to you, and to all children and their families.


20 February World Day of Social Justice
21 February International Mother Language Day
8 March International Women’s Day
4 April Child Labour Day 2015
23 April World Book Day
15 May International Day of Families 2015
27 May – 2 June Child Protection Week 2015
28 May International Day of Action for Women’s Health
1 June Global Day of Parents
4 June International Day of Innocent Children: Victims of Aggression
12 June World Day Against Child Labour
1 – 31 July Nelson Mandela Month 2015
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day
9 August National Women’s Day
1 – 7 September National Book Week
8 September International Literacy Day
5 October World Teachers’ Day
11 October International Day of the Girl Child
9 – 15 October National Nutrition Week
15 October Global Handwashing Day
7 November National Children’s Day
8 November International Literacy Day
20 November Universal Children’s Day
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November  – 10 December 16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children 2015
3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities
10 December International Human Rights Day
20 December International Human Solidarity Day