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ECPC Early Childhood Dialogue

The ECD Forum was proud to host a Dialogue (‘Incoko’) on Early Childhood Development, in partnership with the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, on 18 and 19 March 2014.   The purpose of the Ncoko was to co-create a shared provincial vision for ECD in the province, which will feed into the Provincial Development Plan.

Download the Eastern Cape Planning Commission ECD Dialogue Report by right clicking on the link and choosing ‘save target as’ or ‘save  link as’.  The Programme and Presentations are also available for download below.

Participants in the Ncoko included representatives from ECD practitioner associations, ECD training organisations and networks, FET Colleges, higher education, independent consultants, civil society organisations, and government departments.

A range of presentations provided an overview of the national and provincial context of ECD provision. These presentations are available for download below.

The presentations were interspersed with lively discussions that provided additional clarity and stretched current thinking around ECD challenges and possibilities.   Finally, participants in the Ncoko proposed catalytic interventions to shift the ECD paradigm in the province.

ECPC ECD Dialogue Programme


Linda Biersteker: National ECD Context

Department of Social Development Provincial Context

Department of Health Presentation: Maternal and child nutrition

ETDP SETA: human resource development in ECD

ITEC Libraries and Literacy

Cotlands playgroup model

The Eastern Cape Vision 2030:

Click to download the Eastern Cape Provincial Development Plan, which foregrounds development during early childhood.

Eastern Cape Vision 2030