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‘Early literacy and numeracy starts in womb’

More than 30 students were awarded certificates for successfully completing an Every Word Counts course in early numeracy and literacy.

They received their certificates during an awards ceremony on Thursday 15 November.

The course was presented by the Foundation for Community Work (FCW) in collaboration with Word Works and the Do More Foundation. The course ran over a period of one year and the students, from communities in around Worcester, had to complete 10 workshops.

According to Pam Picken from the Do More Foundation the objective of the course is to promote early development and communication during infancy. “Early literacy and numeracy does not start in primary school or when the child is born, it starts much earlier than that. Early learning starts from birth, it starts in the womb,” said Picken.

Picken emphasises the importance of language development and awakening in a child’s earlier years.

“We need to set our children up for success from birth by making sure they have the love, attention, health care and early stimulation in play for success later on.”

Christina Links, a student who completed the course, says the course was insightful. “I want to thank all the facilitators. I’ve gained new knowledge which I can apply daily.”

Another student, Michelle Dolph, said she learned something about herself, “I’ve learned a lot. I even learned something about my own children and the importance of starting at home and spending time with your kids.”

Picken is proud of the success of the course the past four years. “The past four years we’ve reached over 100 teachers, 15 playgroups and 15 family based workers.”

More than 30 students were awarded with certificates for successfully completing an Every Word Counts course in early numeracy and literacy. Photo: Brümilda Swartbooi
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