We believe education is a human right. Yet of the 57 million children globally who are not in school, over half (30 million) live in sub-Saharan Africa. In the Western Cape province of South Africa alone, there are more than 500,000 children under the age of 5 and over 40% have zero access to education.
The Critical Window
The critical window of a child’s development is the First Thousand Days (FTD) of its life. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, from conception to two years, that has disproportional influence in the lifetime flourishing of an individual.
This period is both a great opportunity and a great risk. Over 50% of children in South Africa (picture a million new young lives each year) are born into adverse conditions and will not receive enough of what they need to maximize this period and realize their God-given potential both now and into the future of their lives. This is a great injustice.
We have partnered with the Sikunye Organization to bring this very needed program to our 150+ Church Network at Hope Africa Collective. We are convinced that every local church is uniquely positioned and equipped to make a significant difference to families and the care they provide to their young ones.
Studies show that early childhood development leads to greater success at school, higher employment and earning opportunities, better overall health, lower dependence on welfare, and a decrease in crime and poverty levels. Focusing on this age group makes a significant impact in community transformation and creating a future without poverty.
Through our strategic partnership with Common Good, we are helping to ignite and nurture potential in young learners and provide good governance and management in at-risk schools.Learn More