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The Vangasali campaign seeks to find the details of all early childhood development (ECD) facilities in South Africa, registered or not. This is so that these facilities, so essential to pre-schoolers' physical and mental development, can be properly supported, especially during the national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Background

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Vangasali is a Xitsonga phrase meaning No one left behind, which is what the Vangasali campaign is trying to achieve. In May 2020, Phase 1 of the Vangasali campaign was launched that was aimed at finding every Early Childhood Development (ECD) service in South Africa. During this first phase, data was collected on the following ECD services: ECD centres or crèches (caters for 7 children or more); Play groups; Child-minders (caters for 6 children or less); Toy libraries; and Mobile ECD programmes.

During Phase 1 of the campaign, over 45 000 ECD services were identified – most of whom are unregistered. With the first phase of the Vangasali campaign now complete, the second phase of the campaign is aimed at supporting ECD services to apply for registration. This second phase - which will use the data collected during Phase 1 - will involve the nationwide implementation of the ECD Registration Framework, and the associated Vangasali registration toolkits and methods which create a developmental pathway for the registration of all types of ECD services.

The ECD Registration Framework allows for conditional registration of ECD services that meet Bronze or Silver level of compliance, and full registration for those ECD services achieving the Gold level of compliance. Previously, ECD services in certain municipalities that did not achieve all compliance standards (ie. Gold level) were not able to register with the Department of Social Development (DSD), while in other municipalities there was flexibility afforded to ECD services to attempt to get them into the government registration and funding streams. This tiered registration approach will enable the registration of ECD services especially in poor areas, that were previously not able to register owing to financial and municipal barriers. This pro-poor approach is essential to ensure that no one is left behind - be it children or ECD service providers. 

Campaign overview

Vangasali is a Xitsonga word meaning No One Left Behind, which is what this campaign is trying to do by finding every ECD service as this in the long term will help enable the realisation of quality ECD service provision to children. This notion of not leaving anyone behind is further emphasised by the tagline of Every Child Counts.

Phase 2 process

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Unregistered ECD sites (from Phase 1) are to attend a registration jamboree and/ or receive an application pack. Extra packs will be made available, as some people may not have heard of Vangasali.

Unregistered ECD services are to submit their applications for registration. Queries will me manages through a WhatsApp and email helpline, as well as through the service offices.

Unregistered ECD services will prepare their sites in line with the framework. Everyone will be encouraged to submit an application, as some ECD services self-exclude based on the perception that they do not meet requirements.

Unregistered ECD services that submit complete applications will go into a registration track. That is, their sites will be assessed for registration by SSPs and EHPs, and if they meet the requirements of the Bronze/ Silver level they can get conditional registration.

Phase 1

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Launch of the Vangasali campaign: 2 June 2020

The Vangasali campaign seeks to find the details of all early childhood development (ECD) facilities in South Africa, registered or not. This is so that these facilities, so essential to pre-schoolers' physical and mental development, can be properly supported, especially during the national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

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FAQs

Vangasali is a Xitsonga phrase meaning No One Left Behind, which is what this campaign is trying to achieve by finding every ECD service, as this will in the long term enable the realisation of quality ECD service provision to children. This notion of not leaving anyone behind is further emphasised by the tagline of Every Child Counts.

ECD centres; play groups; child-minders (who have fewer than 6 children under their care); toy libraries; and mobile ECD programmes.

Even if you do not have your database on excel, please send us this information regardless of the format that it is in. If you do not have it in word or pdf but have physical copies only, then you can take a picture of this and send it to us. If you are taking any pictures of databases or registers and emailing it to us, please make sure the picture is clear.

If you have additional information related to services such as the number of children they have, the number of practitioners and so forth, please send us this information as well. 

You can email your database to ecd@nelsonmandela.org.

The information that you submit will be owned by the Department of Social Development (DSD). While the Nelson Mandela Foundation and GovChat are partners on this campaign and will be assisting with the processing of information, agreements are in place to ensure that the data is owned by DSD and that your information is not used or exploited by any third party.

We urge you to submit your data as soon as possible so that the information can be processed, which will also assist planning for the reopening of sites. However, the final date for submission is Friday, 26th of June 2020.

This campaign is Phase 1 and is part of a larger process. The aim of this phase is to find and count all ECD services, which the campaign is geared towards achieving. This will enable government to understand the coverage of children receiving ECD services and will inform a gap analysis in terms of spatial and population provisioning. Parallel to this process, the Department of Social Services will use this information to feed into their planning for the reopening of sites. Phase 2 involves the categorisation of sites while Phase 3 is the

intervention phase. This why participating in this campaign is important as it will help inform other phases. 

There are ECD services that are not reached by ECD NGOs and who are also not part of any ECD forum or association. To ensure that everyone is able to participate in the campaign, there are other ways in which operators of ECD services can participate in the campaign. These are outlined below:

  • Form link: Data can be submitted through the following form - https://forms.gle/WAaiKboUmKgr...
  • WhatsApp line: In terms of how to access this WhatsApp platform, which is managed by GovChat, WhatsApp the word ECD to 082 046 8553 and follow the prompts 

You can email feedback@govchat.org for assistance.

We will give feedback to people who have participated in this campaign, which will include an acknowledgement of receipt of your database submission and once the campaign has concluded, you will hear from Department of Social Development regarding how much data was collected during the campaign as well as next steps.

Get involved

You can email your database to ecd@nelsonmandela.org

To ensure that everyone is able to participate in the campaign, here the other ways in which operators of ECD services can participate in the campaign. These are outlined below:

  • Form link: Data can be submitted through the following form - https://forms.gle/WAaiKboUmKgr...
  • WhatsApp line: In terms of how to access this WhatsApp platform, which is managed by GovChat, WhatsApp the word ECD to 082 046 8553 and follow the prompts