A message from Monica

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I’m always on the lookout for opportunities for children to learn through play. Play is not only a child’s favourite pastime, but it’s a natural way for children to learn the building blocks for maths and language, to socialise and learn problem-solving skills.
But there aren’t as many opportunities for play-based learning as you’d expect! Once children step into the formal educational environment, opportunities to play become restricted. In SA, there’s a tendency to remove play opportunities in favour of paper-based activities.
I’d love to see more people and places take up Cotlands’ methodology of learning through play. It’s a real game changer, especially in a country where four million children don’t have access to early childhood development.
Cotlands can’t make a meaningful reduction to these numbers alone. That’s why we’re partnering with non-profits, government and foundations like the LEGO Foundation, UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education, to train others to implement our model and to increase access to ECD services.
Success isn’t determined by where a child was born, or the way he speaks, or whether he attends private or public school. Success is determined by access to play-based learning in the formative years.
Thank you for supporting our endeavours to urgently close SA’s learning gap.
Monica Stach
Cotlands CEO