Thinking beyond infrastructure: forging strategic partnerships for future success
Our 2015 review of the work being done by organisations supported by Breadline Africa has led us to understand the importance of partnerships to ensure the future success and sustainability of the initiatives being supported. We recognise that our model of infrastructure provision only makes for a challenging monitoring and evaluation environment. This has prompted a strategic shift in how we think about our own impact and we are, therefore, exploring opportunities for partnering with organisations who are able to support (other) important aspects of the work being done by the organisations that we support.
Center for Early Childhood Development
Through our ongoing contact with ECD centres, we often become aware of challenges that affect a centre’s capacity to deliver a stimulating early learning programme. As we are not experts in this field, we are very grateful for the advice and support offered by the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD), which we regularly draw on. This year, we called on CECD to urgently provide ECD practitioner training to staff at two ECD centres supported by Breadline Africa. This support has reinforced the view that substantial gains and additional resources may be leveraged through the establishment of targeted strategic partnerships.
Room to Read
We are very excited about working with Room to Read in 2017, to establish five libraries in Bushbuckridge, in Mpumalanga Province. With funding secured through the National Lotteries Commission, Breadline Africa will place five library facilities at schools that meet Room to Read’s criteria for support. Room to Read will offer these schools its multi-year Literacy Programme that aids literacy acquisition among early primary school learners. This partnership aims to create a bridge between infrastructure provision and literacy development programme delivery, to support primary school learners to develop the skills and habit of reading. But, we are also cognisant of the importance and value of exposing very young children to print-rich materials. For this reason, we will explore models for establishing libraries in alternate environments, such as ECD centres and community drop-in centres, where the establishment of adequate
child-friendly library/ reading facilities has generally been neglected.
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