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Cape Province, South Africa: Two boys who benefit from the activities of the Family in Focus project in the Witsands informal settlement project: Family in Focus (FIF) photo: Sarah Chasnovitz, Hine Fellow in

FIF,

2001

Province, on what makes young children vulnerable and

Netherlands’ English Language Service attended a

what undermines the capacity of families and

family support workshop in Cape Town and have gone

communities to meet young children’s needs.

on to visit several projects in South Africa for interviews, and to gather photographs and sound and

Family in Focus (), Phase III

video material of the projects in action. A radio

Western Cape Foundation for Community Work ()

producer will visit Kenya and Nigeria for the same

For consolidating the FIF project; testing and taking it

purpose. The package will be disseminated to a wider

to scale in rural areas and the Eastern Cape Province;

audience.

and creating and widening its donor base. The project will reach out to communities where parents cannot

Helping Parents in the Community

afford to send their children to conventional centre-

Child Welfare Society of Cape Town () – The Parent

based preschools, and where home visits are often

Centre

hampered by the insecure and violent environment.

For improving the quality of care experienced by

’s approach is holistic, and addresses  matters

preschool children, by promoting a child-friendly

and parenting issues, building on people’s strengths and

environment in the family and community; promoting

functioning where children have little access to services

the general well-being of mothers through practical and

and child protection measures. It integrates child

emotional support; and promoting an understanding of

development with broad-based support to parents and

the value of play as a pathway to learning, and the role

communities, promoting community ownership, and

that various family members and adults play in this.

further consolidating the home-visiting programme.

The project will build on the parenting skills of young parents in the community through support groups. As a

Family, the Foundation of Learning

result of their participation in the groups, young

Radio Netherlands

parents will be able to provide better emotional support

For developing a multi-media package (-, audio

to their children through play. The project will also

and video materials) that features good principles and

work with fathers and facilitate the establishment of

practice in family support programmes in the African

fathers’ groups.

context. One radio and one web producer of Radio

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An n u a l R e p o r t

Annual Report 2001  

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2001. With reports on the Effectiveness Initiative, Tracer Studies, the Oscar van Leer A...

Annual Report 2001  

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2001. With reports on the Effectiveness Initiative, Tracer Studies, the Oscar van Leer A...