Mrs Gail Kane-Berman. ( Founder )
The first steps in providing children on farms with access to ECD learning were taken in 1987 by Mrs Gail Kane-Berman,the founder of Sithuthukile Trust.Pre-schools were set up and equipped with learning resources.An effective trainer was then produced to train women in the community to run these pre-schools.
In 1991,the Middelburg farm pre-school project joined forces with the Ntataise Trust, Free State,in order to formalize and structure the curriculum,training and educational resources in the pre-schools.Between 1991 and 1993 most farm centers closed down but more requests were received from the township ECD centers.By 1994 many teachers were well trained and running successful pre-schools.
In 1991,the Sithuthukile Trust was formed to extend the project’s reach to other communities beyond those in farm areas.A board of trustees consisting of 8 members governed the Trust.Sithuthukile’s aim is to provide good quality Early Childhood Development opportunities for children in rural disadvantaged and urban areas of Mpumalanga,with a view to provide them with a solid foundation for later learning, to offset some of the negative effects of the environment in which they live.
Currently Sithuthukile Trust is operating in 6 municipalities namely:Steve Tshwete ,Dr JS Moroka,Thenbisile Hani,Enalahleni,Emakhazeni,Ekurhuleni and Chief Albert Luthuli municipalities within the Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces.
To train and support practitioners to: develop and maintain a well-run Early Childhood Development Centre, support the holistic development of children and include families and community members in Early Childhood Development programmes.
Sithuthukile Trust’s vision is to Empower adults for Children's Life-Long Learning.
Valuing integrity and honesty, fostering ethical and moral behaviour.
Approaching people with respect and dignity.
Accepting responsibility of assuring the quality of our service and conduct.
Valuing a learning environment and encouraging growth and development.
Supporting and modelling teamwork, collaboration and transformation.
“If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns”
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