ECD sector collapsing due to government inadequacy

The impacts of Covid-19 and the lockdown on the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector have been more widespread than the schooling system. A survey conducted by Ilifa Labantwana and others found that over 100,000 jobs in the ECD sector may already have been lost and 1.8 million children are at risk of not being able to access early childhood learning services if centres are unable to reopen. Without childcare being available, the burden of care falls primarily on women – impeding their ability to take up income-earning opportunities.

Guest: Laura Brooks - ECD Financing and Systems Manager | Ilifa Labantwana