Motheo Training Institute Trust on Friday held a graduation ceremony where 78 Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduates received their FET Certificates.
The Event was graced by various guest speakers including Dr Thabi Molete who attended on behalf of Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi and a representative from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Pauline Ngakane.
Molete during her address commended the Director of Motheo Meshack (Rex) Molefe and said she was impressed that a male was involved in promoting the importance of early childhood development and giving women the opportunity to be employable.
“I am impressed that I see a man being involved promoting and showing the importance of ECD and proving that ECD can be promoted by any individual in any gender,” said Molete.
Ngakane, a representative from Ekurhuleni stressed the importance of being an ECD practitioner and how the municipality being a practitioner would benefit both the city and the country.
“As Ekurhuleni we hold your work in high importance and high esteem and we have also created platforms of rewarding the work that you are doing through some of the ECD awards,” said Ngakane.
“Graduates and also practitioners your success in ECD is equally a success for us as Ekurhuleni. What you have achieved today makes a positive contribution to the larger early learning development environment and also towards our economic growth as a country,” she added.
The day was filled with great speakers; however the children from Sabelo Day-care and South African Red Cross Day-care warmed hearts of ceremony attendees as they demonstrated what their ECD teachers are teaching them and how it benefits them as learners
Two graduates Nomvula Mohlala and Nomvula Shongwe expressed their excitement and said they can’t wait to go out there and be with children, teaching them rhymes, shapes and dancing
“I mark this day as a great day, since it is the beginning of my career as an ECD practitioner. I know that with this certificate I will be able to contribute positively to the lives of the foundation phase learners, which is why I am also volunteering at Bhekimfundo Primary School,” said Mohlala.
“I am so excited that I have finally received my qualification because now I can register for a day-care centre with my qualification and if that doesn’t work I can also get permanent employment dealing with children because I honestly love dealing with children,” said Shongwe.
Molefe during his speech also expressed his gratitude towards the whole event and said the qualification which the graduates hold will contribute positively towards the economic growth of this country,as they will have employment and in turn reduce the high number of poverty in the country.
He then reminded the graduates the importance of being an ECD practitioner and said they must love and enjoy their career paths because they will be assisting in laying a great and steady foundation for children, which will in turn ensure that reach Matric and study further.