Our Partnerships

Siyakwazi is committed to partnerships with a variety of organisations who we network to enable growth and development.

Siyakwazi supports 100% black beneficiaries, is a level 1 B-BBEE contributor and is registered as a public benefit organisation. 

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Even Ground

Even Ground is a network of education initiatives in Africa which break the cycle of poverty. Siyakwazi was introduced to Even Ground in 2017 through one of our other partners as a possible funding opportunity. In addition to funding, Even Ground assists Siyakwazi through mentorship programmes in fundraising as well as management training for our team of coordinators. We look forward to the continued growth in the relationship with Even Ground which has empowered us with the tools for increasing both our reach and the quality of what we do.

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Greensparks Education

GreenSparks are an Early Childhood Development Training and Resource Programme. Through Dianne at Greensparks we have implemented the Brainboosters programme in 6 ECD centres within KwaNzimakwe and introducing Brainboosters into homes including 40 families with young children under 5 not yet at an ECD centre, starting in 2016. We are looking at a new project involving implementing 6 bricks in Grade R classes with Lego and Greensparks.

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Ilifa Labantwana

Ilifa Labantwana works to secure an equal start for all children living in South Africa, through universal access to quality early childhood development. In 2014 and 2015 Siyakwazi was involved in a pilot Inclusive hub project in the Ugu district. Siyakwazi was a mentor to 4 ECD centres supporting these centres in becoming hubs and a resource to the wider community supporting inclusion in their programmes and practises.

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Impande Norway

Impande Norway started with their first fund raising scheme in 2006 which built the Gamalakhe Development Center and Church. This Center was inaugurated in 2009.   Impande has since then completed 46 projects in the Ugu district.  Impande Norway have been a significant partner in Siyakwazi’s growth, both through direct financial support as well as participating in our various programmes through awareness and outreach. The shared philosophy of developing grass roots programmes for sustainable growth underlined the concrete bond between Impande Norway and Siyakwazi.

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LEGO

The introduction to the LEGO Duplo training was facilitated by Heronbridge College in 2015 when the school participated in an outreach programme with its learners and Siyakwazi. The training focuses on using the LEGO Duplo boxes as a learning tool in the ECD space. The use of LEGO in schools and ECD Centres has proved successful in Siyakwazi’s interventions as it supports many areas of a child’s learning and development supporting all children in getting ready for school.

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NAG

NAG has been in existence since the year 2000, and continue to work in the Ugu District providing necessary support to Community Based Organisations (CBO’s). NAG continues to work alongside Siyakwazi through a number of programmes including, access to government funding and the identification of sites where Siyakwazi’s intervention would be beneficial.

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National Lotteries Commission

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities;
arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

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Progression

Progression was established in 2002 and offers a wide range of Human Resource Development and Transformation solutions to corporate South Africa. Siyakwazi have partnered with Progression as a host employer and receive funding through Progression and their clients by way of learnerships and other training programmes for the Siyasizas.

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Singakwenza

Singakwenza aims to build sustainable early childhood education programmes in economically disadvantaged communities. Siyakwazi implements the organisation’s Waste 2 Toys programme, which has proved highly successful with teachers in the ECD Centres as well as the NCB services. We regularly collect waste from members of the community to promote inclusive and active play with those we work with.

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Thanda

Thanda was formed in 2008, primarily as an after-school learning programme to support children. Since its inception the need for early childhood and food security have grown and it now manages an ECD and Organic farming programme. Siyakwazi partnered with Thanda in 2016/2017 to train their 3 teams who were supported through the Experiential Learning Cycle (ELC) to find ways of supporting inclusion within their programmes. The relationship between Siyakwazi and Thanda continues to network Siyakwazi with potential projects and resources.

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Treasures for Thematic Teaching

Treasures for Thematic Teaching offers cross-curricular thematic teaching resources within South Africa and the USA. The brains and passion behind the resources is long-time friend of Siyakwazi, Robyn Bolton Keudel-Schaffer. Robyn has developed valuable inclusive teaching resources for the team of Siyasizas including theme and sound boxes as well as the critical catch-up programme for Grade R and Grade 1 which is used in conjunction with the Red Flag Assessment Tool. Robyn’s continued support through her resources and mentorship have allowed all three of our programmes to implement quality inclusive learning in the classroom and the home.

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TREE ECD

TREE is a non-profit organisation that specialises in Early Childhood Development, resources and training. Siyakwazi partners with TREE through the ECD NQF level 4 Training. The Siyasizas who have participated on the training have seen enormous benefit with implementing the various practices whilst completing a formal qualification.

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Wordworks

Siyakwazi was first introduced to Wordworks in 2016. Wordworks is a South African non-profit organisation that focuses on early language and literacy development in the first eight years of children’s lives. Siyakwazi makes active use of their ‘Every Word Counts’ Programme as well as promoting the CareUp app which Wordworks developed in partnership with the Reach Trust.

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