Volkswagen workers assist learners

More than 120 Volkswagen employees and their loved ones volunteered to create a conducive training and learning environment for early childhood development educators. They were joined by Edutak staff and early learning development practitioners.

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Established in 1989, Edutak is an Education, Training and Development Practices (ETDP) SETA-accredited non-profit organisation that provides NQF (National Qualifications Framework) level four and five training to early childhood development practitioners.

The organisation focuses on disadvantaged communities, especially in rural areas in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. Since inception, Edutak has trained close to 3 500 practitioners and provided workshops in occupational health and safety, labour law, nutrition, classroom lay-out, lesson planning, firefighting and dealing with differently abled children. Edutak is also one of the beneficiaries of a Volkswagen Polo Vivo that the organisation uses to reach other ECD centres to provide training.

Simantha Tinyane and Hellen Motha apply their creative skills along the boundary wall of the facility.

“Early childhood development plays a pivotal role in shaping the foundation of a child's future. By empowering early childhood development educators with knowledge and skills necessary to support early literacy and language skills in the classrooms, we believe that our young children will reap the benefits,” said Nonkqubela Maliza, VWSA Corporate Affairs and Government Director.

The VWSA employee volunteerism programme called, Show of Hands, provides an opportunity for employees and their loved ones to physically participate in the company’s Corporate Social Investment initiatives. Employees revamped the external play areas and renovated the training and resource centre. They also installed a new toy library and unpacked donated learning resources like games, books and toys.

Volunteering at an early age… Bokamoso and Royce Phasha scrutinise some of the books during the resource centre upgrade.

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