“A journey begins with the first step” (Chinese Proverb)
Masenze Ikusasa is a skills training organisation and our aim is to create transferable and easily implementable creative learning methodologies and own resource making. As such we provide practical hands-on training in appropriate methodologies and management skills for Early Childhood Development and encourage the extensive use of transformed recycled waste material resources to create learning resources and equipment.
The course was originally devised by Carolyn Reid and Deyana Thomas in 2007 when the first workshops were presented to a small group of practitioners. We were asked to assist in providing basic skills training to practitioners in some Day Care Centres being run in people’s homes in Alexandra.
Having both worked extensively in other similar areas we took up the challenge and began training from a Community Centre in Alexandra. It has since emerged that there are at least 400-500 such centres running in Alexandra and so there is still a lot of work to do!
We have been running for seven years and have trained 220 practitioners from 175 Day Care Centres which has had an impact on about 11 500 children.
The course is not SETA accredited but a certificate of attendance and implementation is awarded to those who have complied with all the course requirements.
We have 4 enthusiastic facilitators and 4 assistant facilitators who run the workshops every second Saturday in Alexandra. These ladies have all been through the course themselves and selflessly give up their time to share the knowledge and skills they gained with others. They all work in or run ECD centres and are paid a small stipend.
We all have a passion for the wellbeing of young children and want to provide opportunities for them to gain good foundational skills to enable efficient learning when they get to school.
Carolyn Reid:Tel: 082 8797912
Beauty Mokgotho: 0722109490
The Training Course
The course consists of twelve workshops run on Saturday mornings from 8.30—1.30 over a period of 7 months .
There is a strong emphasis on providing hands-on training together with making resources during workshops and providing resources and materials in the form of starter packs.
This encourages immediate implementation so that the practitioners are soon able to see the benefit of the new ideas and methodologies to the children, and this helps them in the running of efficient and successful Day Care Centres. Our feed back indicates that the step by step implementation required during the course inspires the practitioners to keep on using the new methodologies and ideas to which they have been exposed.
In visiting some Centres from past courses we have found that many continue to use the methodologies learnt during the course.
Each year we try to refine the course and make it more relevant to the needs of the participants. This year we have seen most of the participants embrace the methods we have taught with enthusiasm.
During our evaluation visits we saw concrete evidence that resources and materials are being well used and new ones are being made and introduced.
The ultimate winners are the children who are being kept busy and stimulated. We, as a team, hope to continue to inspire many more practitioners to improve their Centres and empower themselves through participating in our future courses.