ED - Women Empowerment

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Skills Training Programme

Jasper Power has clearly indicated to the IPP office in its submission on the Renewable IPP Procurement Programme, that Early Childhood Centres (ECDs) are social businesses operating in the local areas of Postmasburg and Daniëlskuil.


Many of these organisations are run by women who may otherwise be unemployed and are supported by their own efforts to provide an income for themselves and their families.


These type of owner-run/management committee crèches would benefit from mentorship programmes, administrative skills and financial support. Furthermore, in considering that these social businesses operate within the local communities, it is considered critical to ensure that all practitioners obtain the required National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 qualification. Through the Custoda Trust, an accredited training provider specialising in ECD training in the Northern Cape, this can be achieved.


  • In 2017, a total of 10 new practitioners had enrolled to do the NQF Level 4 qualification over the course of 18 months.
  • A further total of 20 practitioners also enrolled to do an NQF Level 5 over the course of 24 months.  Note: This NQF Level 5 course will give these practitioners the required credit, should they want to pursue a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree.
  • In addition, Jasper Power ran a training programme for 53 members from the various management committees, who assist in the running of their local ECD centres.


In addition, it is always important to note that the 2014 MasterCard Index of Women’s Advancement highlighted unacceptably high gender inequality in South Africa. The MasterCard Index specifically looked at women’s involvement on Employment (Workforce Participation and Regular Employment), Capability (Secondary and Tertiary Education), and Leadership (Business Owners, Business Leaders and Political Leaders).


This report also noted that for every 100 male entrepreneurs, there were only 26 women. The MasterCard Index showed that in 2013, 58% of all entrepreneurs in South Africa were male, while 42% were female.


Given this information, Jasper Power aims to bridge the gap even further for the empowerment of women in business, by facilitating the space and policies for women in leadership to develop themselves. With this in mind, Jasper Power has started the Early Childhood Development Practitioner Training programme,  upskilling groups of women who are contributing to the education of the country's youth at the foundation phase.



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