Carmen and Lesley are on a constant march to ensure time slots are respected and rotation of the delegates occur. But the high energy is not overtly felt...there is a calmness throughout the place...an irony not lost on me given that the delegates work with young minds who can't sit still for long periods and who are driven by an unbridled desire to explore any-and-everything in their environment!
In one section of the venue, colorful displays are set up by exhibitors who service ECD with resources and other support material.
It's wonderful to see all these practitioners, many based at community-driven centres, showing a willingness to learn, to be extended and enriched, so that the many toddlers in their care can have similar experiences at the numerous care centres across the metropole. But we are challenged, as a system, to upskill these educators across issues like salary and qualifications too. Towards the end of yesterday's session, many of the participants spoke of their measly wages, inconsistency of payments and the battle to get themselves qualified appropriately. We must help with more than just advice. They fullfil a role the State has long neglected and which it cannot do without these community servers. Events like this one helps to do this.
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