The life-long potential of individuals depends largely on the capacities established during the first few years of life.
If young children manage to attain a critical trajectory of growth and development early on, most will stay on-course for life. That upward curve is exponential, because accumulated skills and knowledge keeps compounding the returns on investments in early childhood. Those who fail to reach that trajectory tend to fall further and further behind over the course of their lives. And their children are likely to experience the same cumulative disadvantage.
If we can develop the resourcefulness of young children in South Africa over the next decade, we will likely achieve greater equality, better health outcomes, better education, a stronger economy and higher productivity, and a better, safer society. The essential capabilities of a resourceful child are emotional self-regulation and social skills, sensorimotor development, and cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics aptitudes. It sounds complex, yet it depends on the simple and fundamental inputs of love, food, safety and stimulation. You can read more about this portfolio here…
Organisations produce learning briefs in which they document their lessons learned in implementing their programmes. Choose a learning brief to read from their profiles or from the list below:
The communal resource library is a space where DGMT, our grantees and others can access and upload documents and links that are of relevance for the aims being addressed through the portfolio. You can access the documents below and add to the library if you are logged-in to the website.