CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES      

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HISTORY
Auburn House has a 20-year history of outreach initiatives and formal training programmes.
In 2013 this was formalised through the Auburn House Trust – see the project work described.

OBJECTIVES
To raise awareness in untrained women of the needs of the developing child and to give them the skills
and
resources to be able to meet those needs.

PHASES
1. Laying the foundation.
2. Building strength.
3. Creating sustainability.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS COFFEE BAY, EASTERN CAPE

We have –

  • been closely involved with Ikhaya Labantwana since 2013, guiding and supporting teachers and assistants from the local community through an accredited training programme, MCSA;
  • assisted teacher trainees in setting up two new preschools in the area.

We wish to –

  • assist in setting up more preschools for these qualified teachers;
  • run a new training course over an extended period;
  • develop mentoring skills in the teachers to train and guide new trainees.

CAPE TOWN GROUPS

What we do –
We improve understanding of child development and the child’s needs, through

  • discussion groups with childminders and classroom assistants;
  • building on traditionally-trained teachers’ knowledge and skills;
  • holding workshops to develop practical hand skills and classroom material;
  • providing support for trainees on formal ECD training courses;
  • mentoring in preschools and daycare centres.

KALAHARI

We have –

  • established and maintained strong emotional ties with the Khomani Bushmen families over many years through field trips and educational initiatives.

We wish to –

  • support the community’s intention to establish a formalised setting within which the young children can receive cultural knowledge and skills, with literacy and numeracy;
  • develop the adults’ skills towards maintaining an effective and sustainable learning environment.

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If you would like to get involved in any way, please contact trust@auburnhouse.co.za