Ikewana supports Singita’s Growing to Read initiative (together with Read Educational Trust) who in turn support children to fully develop in physical, cognitive, psychological and social domains. Their programmes are active and thriving in 20 carefully selected schools in the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park region.
The focus is on the foundation years of children beginning at birth. The programme is there to assist preschool children with life- and language-skills, in order that they are able to start primary school successfully.
Their approach is holistic and integrated and even involves babies being cleaned and fed. Although implementation is a problem, a phased approach is taken and once a school has “graduated” to a specific level, the organisation is able to move their focus on to a new school.