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    Gauteng ECDs now under the Department of Education – Here’s why

    The Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD) has officially handed over the Early Childhood Development (ECD) function to the Gauteng Department of Education

    The migration process is reportedly aimed at improving the development of children and the quality of ECD education. The migration is also firmly with the Department of Education but the partnership with Social Development continues. 

    GAUTENG ECD’s NOW UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    Gauteng Education Department MEC, Panyaza Lesufi it is the beginning of an exciting era. 

    “Gone are the days when our children would pray, sing, eat and sleep then go home. We are closing the gap with the entire world,” said Lesufi. 

    “We are currently training a number of ECD practitioners/educators. Accordingly, there must be no one that will say the migration left them worse off or unemployed but the migration must make them better,” Lesufi added.

    During the event, Lesufi also announced that by 2023, all primary schools in Gauteng will have early childhood development classrooms with proper learning materials.

    The department is in the process of building five ECD centres of the future, with appropriate infrastructure. Tembisa, Ratanda, Bekkersdal, Soshanguve and Braamfischer will benefit from new structures. 

    SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP TO CONTINUE

    MEC For Social Development, Morakane Mosupyoe said in 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ECD function would be moved from Social Development to Education. 

    “We had to ensure that all ECDs in the province are compliant. There is a lot of work that we did to ensure that children are ready for school. We will continue the partnership with the Department of Education because Social development remains custodians of the Children’s Act.

    “We are not just handing over the function, but we are also giving them the infrastructure. We had to formalise our relationship with the ECDs,” said Mosupyoe.

    Gauteng Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona said the ECD function shift is in line with other countries that have moved from viewing ECD less as a child protection function and more as an early learning function that is led and coordinated by national ministries of education.

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