|The Real Reform for ECD (RR4ECD)’s Right to Nutrition Campaign |
Launch date: November 3, 2023
Where: Community Hall, Finetown, Johannesburg
To attend the live virtual event: RSVP here
Keynote speaker: South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe
Info about the panellists: Biographies of the panellists can be found here.]
Information: See RR4ECD’s website
RR4ECD – The Real Reform for ECD- is launching its Right to Nutrition Campaign, on November 3, 2023 in Johannesburg. The keynote speaker is South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe. The RR4ECD “is a broad-based alliance advocating for holistic, well-funded, inclusive, and quality early childhood development (ECD) services”. This campaign launch is about activating and creating awareness around “the alarming levels of childhood hunger and malnutrition”, bringing together the partners involved in the campaign and sharing research and information. Read on for more about the launch and click on the link (in box) above or below (keep scrolling), if you would like to attend virtually, via the live stream of the event:
The Real Reform for ECD (RR4ECD)’s Right to Nutrition Campaign set to launch November 3, 2023
Real Reform for ECD celebrates its most anticipated event of the year as it launches its Right to Nutrition Campaign – this week- November 3, 2023.
“Since initiating research on the right to early childhood nutrition in late 2022, we’ve been eager to share our findings with our network of ECD practitioners—our Real Reformers—and other key partners and stakeholders,” say the launch organisers.
This much-anticipated event takes place at the Community Hall in Finetown, Johannesburg on November 3, 2023. The First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe will serve as the keynote speaker. The event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A session with Dr Granville Whittle, Deputy Director-General within the Department of Basic Education, authors of the research papers, and RR4ECD steering committee members.
RR4ECD is a broad-based alliance advocating for holistic, well-funded, inclusive, and quality early childhood development (ECD) services. It supports a broad network of over 600 practitioners and is backed by more than 200 organisations.
“Our call to action is clear,” explains Tshepo Mantje, Right to ECD – Coordinator for RR4ECD. “We want the DBE to establish a national ECD nutrition programme that guarantees nutritious meals to all eligible children at all early learning programmes, regardless of their registration status”. The DBE has also expressed concern in this area and considers it a matter that requires urgent attention.
RR4ECD’s Right to Nutrition Campaign involves findings from three research teams that explored various aspects of nutrition for young children. The findings serve as the foundation of the campaign and will be discussed in detail during the launch event.
This campaign launch is a pivotal moment to unite partners in addressing the alarming levels of childhood hunger and malnutrition.
For more information, visit RR4ECD’s website.
To attend the live virtual event, please RSVP here.
The First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
The panel discussion is intended to do a deeper dive into the research and gather perspectives and responses from various stakeholders, including the researchers of the papers, the Department of Basic Education, ECD sector stakeholders like Research and Training Organisations (RTOs) and ECD practitioners. [Biographies of the panellists can be found here.]
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