Thušanang, meaning 'to help one another' is a non profit organisation founded in 1986. Our core focus is the development and well-being of the young child. The majority of our activities are conducted through community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres where we reach the communities through the ECD practitioners, committees and parents.

Residential training is offered at our Centre in Haenertsburg and workshops and community dialogues take place at venues in the rural areas that are more accessible to our beneficiaries.

Our vision:

To create a sustainable environment for the development and well-being of young children.

Our mission:

To provide opportunities for building capacity in communities to support and improve the lives of young children and their families.

Our objectives are to: 

  • Contribute towards universal access to quality ECD, securing an equal start for all children through capacity building programmes
  • Advocate and create public awareness on the importance of early childhood development and care in the rural communities where Thušanang is active
  • Share and provide skills and information in rural communities where it affects the wellbeing of the young child
  • Build capacity of women in particular to empower them to play an important role in their families and communities.

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1 month ago

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The sun shone brightly at Thušanang Trust on 16 June when they were finally able to hold their graduation and certificate ceremony for ECD (Early Childhood Development) practitioners. This year was a very different function from other years, as it was held outside in the courtyard, chairs were far apart and numbers were limited to 100 people. 54 excited practitioners received their certificates after a long wait due to delays in training brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the 24 ECD Level 4 graduates who successfully completed some of their training online, sometimes on borrowed phones at places where there was signal! The other 30 practitioners received their ECD Levels 1&2 certificates and St John First Aid certificates. Well done to all of them.

The day started with ECD trainer, Rosina Masipa, leading in the singing and dancing graduates. Shelley Milstein, an educationalist currently working in India, was the guest speaker. She encouraged the graduates in their future careers and gave some inspirational advice. Simon Mdaweni kindly made a special cake for the occasion. Betty Maake, supervisor of Maditaboga Day Care Centre was thrilled when her centre was named ECD Centre of the Year.

Thušanang Trust would like to thank their donors, Kindernothilfe from Germany, the Rotary Clubs of Haenertsburg and Marburg in Germany for their Global Grant, and the Anglo American Foundation Fund Trust for their support of Thušanang’s ECD programmes ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Thusanang Trust

All set up and ready to welcome our ECD teachers-in-training for the first residential training week of 2021! For this elective module of the NQF level 4 qualification we'll be looking at the in's and out's of conducting a structured meeting. And what better way to set the tone than with a structured classroom?

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