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. 

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

Season’s Greetings

We wish you a very happy, restful and safe festive season.  ITEC will be closing on 12 December 2014, and will reopen on 12 January 2015.  We look forward to seeing you in the new year!



For your Christmas reading, we recommend the Harvard Centre on the Developing Child’s “Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence”, which is downloadable free from here.

Annual General Meeting

We were hugely thrilled that so many friends and partners were able to attend our Annual General Meeting on 07 October, 2014.   Our theme,  “New Paradigms for Development” reflects the growing understanding, in South Africa and throughout the world, that the development of young children is key to reducing inequality and transforming society.

We were excited and honoured that Sherri Le Mottee, Ilifa Labantwana’s Programme Leader, delivered the key-note address. As a leading catalyst for systemic change, Ilifa Labantwana generates evidence-based knowledge and models of good practice that will bring about deep and sustained change for young children.

Download our 2013-14 Annual General Report here.

Download our Case Study on our Masibakhuseleni Project here.

This is where we work

View ITEC Projects: 1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014 in a full screen map

Why invest in young children?

An excellent presentation from the D G Murray Trust website, explaining why the “strongest strategy to change the future of South Africa is to invest in and nurture young children.” The presentation is by David Harrison, CEO of the D G Murray Trust, one of the most progressive funding organisations in South Africa.

If your internet is a bit slow, please be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Facilitators, assessors and moderators for our database

We are building a data base of experienced, qualified people who are available to work in the Eastern Cape.   If you are a registered Assessor or Moderator, or a qualified and experienced Facilitator, download this document for details: Call for Facilitators, Assessors and Moderators.



Our birthday picture gallery

Click to enlarge the pictures and scroll through the gallery.

ITEC’s 25th birthday!

ITEC was founded 25 years ago, in 1987.   As we celebrate a quarter of a century of commitment to children, families and development, we reflect on the many friends and colleagues who have made ITEC what it is today.

Our Managing Director, Michele Kay, wrote the following piece about ITEC:

ITEC 25 Year Celebration

ITEC in the early days – still going strong after 25 years. Gerry Nicol (right) and Gideon Sam, (centre) founding Directors, are pictured in the doorway. (Click the picture to enlarge)


Fabulous new website!

We are designing a new website for ITEC’s 25th birthday!