Fri 24th July 2020 at 12.00 - 13.00
This a full club meeting by ZOOM. WE are hoping that Nicola Goodall of Knysna Education Trust will be joining this meeting to brief us about the training programme we are supporting.
As we start to look to the future and return to our more traditional form of meeting you will be aware that we are making a start by introducing speakers via Zoom. One of the first will be Nicola Goodall who is the Development Director of the Knysna Education Trust (KET). We are currently providing bursaries for four students who are training to become early years teachers. She has been invited to join our Zoom meeting on the 24th July and we also hope we may get a chance to meet one or more students.
In the meantime, this is the latest update from South Africa. While some of the political indecision making may sound familiar it also highlights how fortunate we are to have an education system free at the point of delivery.
It certainly has been a challenging time. The rules applied in the lockdown have mostly been confusing – and I have to say have affected the rich and poor alike – it has been the confusion and sometimes illogical things which have been most challenging to deal with.
"As things stand currently, the biggest challenge is getting the schools re-opened, this has been a very mixed up process. The Early Childhood sector (Pre-schools and day cares-) are still closed -and a number of these sites are facing financial collapse as they are mostly reliant on school fee income.
The other big crises is of course, feeding – the many young children who rely on the meal a day they get at preschool, no longer have access to this; KET have started an emergency feeding programme to support this”
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