“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” – Tim Fargo
Progression is elated to share in the success of one of our learners, Xolisile Ngaleka, who has been nominated for Woman of the Month at Wordworks for her excellent work in early literacy in Early Childhood Development (ECD). Additionally, Xoli has been nominated as Progression’s Butterfly of the Month for the month of August.
Her success in both her theoretical and practical training can be attributed to Xoli’s positive attitude, determination and willingness to learn.
Xoli is currently completing her Early Childhood Development NQF 5 Learnership, sponsored by Mac Consulting, with her theoretical training taking place at Siyakwazi and Wordworks.
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. Since 2005, Wordworks have worked in under-resourced communities with those adults best positioned to impact on young children’s language and literacy development – parents and caregivers, family and community members, home-visitors, early childhood development practitioners and Grade R to Grade 3 teachers.
While being involved in the programme, Xolisile has acquired skills and knowledge that will add tremendous value to her future. “I have learned that while we talk about the children’s lives, we bond and we develop a relationship. We talk about yesterday, today and the future. I never thought it was important to let children know about what comes next, but I saw that it brings joy and excitement to them,” says Xolisile.
Xolisile goes on to say, “While reading to a child I saw the importance of books and how it builds children’s imaginations.
In addition to her work at Wordworks, Xolisile has also been a valuable part of Siyakwazi. She supported an Early Childhood Development Centre to do an outreach with parents on Mandela Day where they made books around a theme and the parents spent time reading these books with their children.
“This learnership has given me so many new and valuable insights into educating and working with young children. I believe it has increased my employability and will definitely open more doors for me in the future. One of the highlights of the learnership was my graduation,” comments Xolisile.
Progression would like to congratulate Xolisile on all of her achievements and successes and wishes her the very best for the rest of her learnership.