The Early Childhood Development (ECD) training programme is a 2-year course after which the practitioners receive a SAQA accredited level 4 certificate in ECD training.
It is proven that children who have stable family environments, good nutrition and stimulation in the early years are less likely to suffer from illnesses, challenges in adapting to the school environment, repeating grades, and dropping out of school or needing remedial and special attention.
Dedisa believes that giving children a sense of belonging, showing them love and investing in their education supports their long-term success and will in time eradicate poverty – one family at a time. It is for this reason Dedisa decided to contribute to the development of 17 (ECD) practitioners from 17 ECD centres in iBhayi (Zwide, Motherwell, Wells Estate, KwaZakhele and New Brighton).
The training programme has been beneficial for the practitioners and the children at the centres. We are proud to share that one of the practitioners, Tshepiso Mokhoele has opened her own registered centre; Tshepi’s Educare in January 2018, which started with 7 children and now has 19 children.
Incubating Great Engineering Minds (iGEMS) programme
The iGEMS programme is aimed at providing additional maths and science tuition to grade 11 & 12 learners from previously disadvantaged communities. The tuition includes computer skills and leadership development, classes are held at the Missionvale Campus at Nelson Mandela University on Saturday mornings and during school holidays.
Dedisa Peaking Power is a highly technical and specialized power plant that requires specialized skills, therefore increasing the chances of leaners enrolling at university level by supporting with STEM Subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to achieve good matric results was identified as a worthwhile endeavor. This is realized by funding Grade 11 & 12 learners from various underprivileged high schools within Port Elizabeth to attend the iGEMS program. These learners are given an opportunity to visit the Dedisa plant annually to gain first-hand experience of the operations of the plant.
Peakers Engineering Scholarship
Engineering is an essential discipline in the world today and it is crucial in the electricity generating business, it is for this reason that Dedisa awards bursaries to students from previously disadvantaged communities that wish to study engineering.