Lower Illovo ECD centre stands up for change

JUNE marks Youth Month and Lower Illovo’s Indwe Learning Centre remains firmly planted to continue its stand for the country’s educational growth.

The centre is ever-mindful that this year also marks the 42nd anniversary of defenceless students demanding equal access to quality education.

Read more on the centre: New non-profit ECD centre in Lower Illovo set to educate, empower and engage

Although some improvements in narrowing the gaps of inequality in our education system have been noted, they have not been significant enough to realise a paradigm shift in South Africa. This country is one where education, empowerment and engagement are intertwined to have deepened impact in our under-resourced communities.

“This in turn has an impact on our country as a whole,” explained head of the centre, Iris Canham on Friday, 1 June at the announcement of the centre’s Youth Month campaign: Stand up for Change. “Change is pertinent but must start within ourselves and our circles of influence. The biggest investment we can make is in the development of human capital – children.”

The Indwe Learning Centre, situated in Lower Illovo, is a model for change, a trajectory to transformation with its roots in early childhood education.

“Using the Montessori education philosophy in rural and under-resourced communities, we at the centre aim to ensure children are equipped with tools and skills for life. The model is participative – getting children, youth and adults to think differently about the way we do things, how we relate to each other and the importance of an individual’s healings in their journey through life.”

Canham explained that by activating the seeds of destiny through a prepared environment, children are allowed to be motivated intrinsically. “With the youth, we mentor and teach basic life skills, organise camps and hold workshops while providing them with an avenue to explore their skills and talents. Our component of engagement aims to narrow the gaps between resourced and under-resourced communities by exchanging skills and a collaborative effort of working together and learning about each other’s cultures.”

The Indwe Learning Centre is committed to creating a more conscious South Africa by nurturing minds, bodies and activating the inner magic that young lives need to shape an ‘Ubuntu’ driven society; one of love, kindness and respect.

“Through education, empowerment, channeling creative expression and engagement with all levels of society, we are igniting a movement for change,” she said.

Canham reminded that individuals, businesses and institutions can all make a difference.

“This youth month you too can invest in change. Invite us for a presentation to your workplace, cell group, church, make an appointment to visit us or simply drop us an email to be part of the movement for change. A revolutionary model needs to take full flight in Amanzimtoti and we need you,” said Canham.

Contact the Indwe Learning Centre at [email protected] or on 074-440-6085 to be a part of the change, or visit www.theindwelearningcenters.org for more information.

 

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