Barloworld Logistics strongly believes that people form the foundation of a sustainable growth strategy and that education forms part of the foundation of a prosperous future. In keeping with our recent research into skills, unemployment and career choices of the youth, Barloworld Logistics has formed a long term partnership with The Love Trust, who we believe plays a vital role in empowering young people today, reaffirming our commitment to skills development and community upliftment.
The Love Trust, a local non-profit organisation established in 2009 actively supports values-driven education to bring hope to vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities The partnership and collaborative project is reflective of our drive to foster education and career growth amongst the youth in a sustainable way supporting The Love Trust’s Teacher’s Academy in Alexandra, where a class of 58 teachers will complete their training in Early Childhood Development.
A Journey of Hope
According to The Love Trust, a non-profit community development initiative, every journey of hope starts with Early Childhood Development, beginning with the teacher as ‘the central lever for change.’
The Love Trust provides SAQA accredited NQF Level 4 training in Early Childhood Development (ECD) to teachers and principals of ECD Centres. The second stage involves support for identified ECD Centres, partnering with principals to improve the standard of education. The final stage involves two primary schools, Nokuphila and Hillbrow Independent, overseen by Christ Church Preparatory School and College in Midrand.
The Love Trust states that ‘studies have shown that enthusiastic, inspiring and informed teachers are one of the most important influences on a young child.’ Teachers who are trained by The Love Trust will go on to operate mini nursery schools in their communities, caring for children between the ages of 1 and 6 during the day.
These teachers are trained to use key child development techniques to stimulate language development, social skills, emotional and cognitive abilities as well as the physical skills of their young students. The true impact of such an initiative is exponential because if 58 teachers provide good quality education to 20 children a year for a period of 5 years, approximately 10 000 children will enter primary education with a strong foundation.
“Educating all our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives” Nelson Mandela
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