From the PRAESA website. Thank you to Rujeko Moyo, (ECD blogger- passionate about nurturing a reading culture in the African child) who has blogged about this groundbreaking early years conference.

March the 16th and 17th, 2017, saw the Observatory River Club Conference Centre abuzz with a conglomerate of over 180 individuals from various sectors and regions across South Africa –policy makers, government departments, universities and other tertiary institutions, donors and funders, non-profit and profit making organisations, libraries, schools, Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers, ECD consultants, ECD res
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Belhar and Langa. Starting with storyplay.

Part of our baseline for storyplay is observing how play is used in the ECD setting. Play is problematic in the South African context. Imagination is not encouraged,  freeplay is not seen as learning.  Teachers themselves have very few memories of play and certainly none in the context of their schooling. We are sowing the seeds of play for a purpose-we need to create spaces where children can learn how to play in a
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Lovely quote from UCT PGCE students defractive journal

“Watching Sara give the demo lesson two weeks ago was so insightful and inspiring. At first, these Grade 3 learners (who were so used to being told to sit down and be quiet and listen and, and, and) were a bit confused; they didn’t know what to do with their newfound freedom to think, to feel, to be. What a treat to watch them warm up to Philosophical thinking and to begin to learn to engage with one another in
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Joyful news for South Africa

Proud to announce that PRAESA have just won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for their services to reading projects with children. Also proud that I have been able to be involved in their storyplay project.  A wonderful team, practitioners and children determined to improve lives through literacy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32132992?SThisFB
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Western Cape Training

It looks like I will be back in Cape Town for the last week of April and 1st two weeks of May. If you know of any preschools, schools or organizations that might be interested in a tailor made training package ..picture book curriculum or philosophy for children please feel free to contact me.
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