A key element of our offering is to ensure that the health and social needs of our children and their families are being met. For Health, we were able to successfully partner with the Lansdowne Clinic. Cases for Social Services were referred to Child Welfare, Rylands, but with no follow through from them COLT staff now manage these cases.
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An Educare is defined as a centre that integrates education, health and welfare for preschool children. Early Childhood Learning (ECD), in terms of the Children’s Act, No 38 of 2005 specifies the provision of emotional, sensory, spiritual, moral, physical, social and the development of communication for children up to 6 years old. While our programme fully aligns with these government policies, our approach goes a step further in that it is holistic in nature and child-centred. In addition, the Children of Light Educare (COLT) has, at the heart of its foundations, the principles of Yoga as passed down via the Sivananda lineage.
To deliver an all-round quality education of this nature rules out working with a large number of children. Our approach instead is to work with a few children and their families in a more intimate, supportive, loving and co-operative manner.
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Donors and friends often ask if it is worth doing all this work for just 19 children. For us, our reach touches more than 19 children.
When we educate a child, this has an impact on the entire family which extends to the surrounding community with an awakening, bringing about hope, self-respect and co-operation. The value of nurturing the seeds embedded within the children now, will or will not flower in their later teenage or adult years and it is our hope that this will enable them to make better choices in life, become good friends, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and citizens of our country.
It is for this reason, regardless of the immense effort and resources, that we focus on providing quality education that reaches the child as a whole, albeit in small numbers.
Research tells us that quality Early Childhood Development intervention can reverse the impact of deprivation and enable a child to grow to their full potential.
Ananda Kutir Education Trust was formed in 2014 with the vision of Integral Education that nurtures the innate divinity and potential of children.
The beneficiaries are children from underprivileged communities. The initial goal was to establish a school where we could support a child through the developmental phases from Grade R till matric.
Over time, due to limited resources and the required capacity in overcoming vast legislative requirements, the Trustees of Ananda Kutir Education Trust resolved in 2019, that the Trust should steer its human and financial resources into establishing an Educare. An Educare focuses on providing health, social, mental, emotional and spiritual support to children from birth to 6 years.
With the establishment of the Educare, we introduced a new Children of Light Educare logo.