Planning for Thandi's future - Diagnostic Report - National Planning Commission (NPC)

Thandi's chances in life growing up as a woman in South Africa shows why the National Planning Commission is needed.

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Comment by Carmen Emanuel on November 14, 2011 at 16:47

Thank you for this link - it is exactly what we are trying to get goverment to realise. When they closed all the ECD colleges and training including Wits they were ruining Tandis chance of a good future. Instead of implementing so many laws and rules restricting Childcare facilities they should assist them to  get registered and receive good training. Baobab early learning training facility aims to teach not only what is required at Level 4 but beyond that. Without teaching thinking skills and teching methodologies we cannot uplift Tandi. Learning how to say the abc off by heart or counting off by heart does not mean Tandi has a grasp of basic maths or literacy. We are horrified at the amount of service providers who are training in the Early Childhood field are not themselves trained in ECD and they have never taught a class of children in this age group!!!!!!Lynette Myers we agree with you!! Back to Basics!!!

Comment by Nerina de Waal on November 14, 2011 at 14:20

Thanks, Alan worth watching.

Comment by Nerina de Waal on November 14, 2011 at 14:01

Is dit Trevor aan die woord?


Comment by Chris Reay on November 14, 2011 at 12:57

The NPC diagnostic really has no surprises in terms of identifying undesirable effcets other than to put a metric to some of the elements such as the percentage of Thandi's that can or cannot get work, the dropout rate at school being examples. For SA to achieve the set goals as outlined is what one can call an ambitious target, and such targets tend to cause disbelief in the mind because they appear large and unattainable. This is a common psychological reaction of the mind under these conditions, what we term the "impossible syndrome". If Manuel is seeking assistance as he has invited in commenting and providing further input, may I suggest that he adopt the ambitious target planning process developed within the discipline of the Theory of Constraints (commonly referred to as ToC). In this process certain absolutes are required. For the goal to be met, the planning team must identify the NECESSARY CONDITIONS (NECs) that must be established to achieve the goal This may sound obvious, but the challenge is faced with the following: firstly, if any of the NECs are omitted or if there is conflict between any of them, then the plan will fail in its subsequent execution. Seccondly, each NEC must then be analysed as to what obstacles are evident to prevent the NEC from being achieved. Thirdly, each obstacle must then be analysed to determine the intermediate objectives (IOs) that must be met. Fourthly, each IO must be broken down into its details activities that would form entries into a managed PERT type plan. Then this plan must be managed and implemented and varied as required by appropriate consent. The essence of this method is that each activity is identified that needs to be undertaken, and clearly this establishes the resources required to do them. This process is well proven, is not rocket science, but is usually avoided either by ignorance of its fundamental role or is replaced by the uncontrolled substitutes based more on hope and faith rather than hard science and reality. What is achieves is the realisation that what appeared impossible is actually possible.

The ToC community would happily offer to provide further input to the NPC.

In my own circumstances, coming from the perspective of the engineering community, we are immediately aware of the drastic need for intellectual resources, skills and experience in providing the elements to support many of the eleven "pillars" outlined by Manuel. The NPC plan may start off with enthusiasm, but like so many projects it will fail if it lacks pressure for change, clear shared vision, capacity for change and actionable first steps followed by a dedicated authority level to implement the required detailed developments identified in the ambitious target process. Let us not just eshrew these suggestions and find in 5 years time we have not made the appropriate progress. If we fail to plan, we will plan to fail.

Comment by Lynette Barbara Myers on November 14, 2011 at 12:11

Fantastic !!!!  Thandi's experiences confirm that S A must go Back to Basics with the 3 "R 's" because without them we can plan until we are" blue in the face", education/skills development etc will never be successful if we once again fail to begin at the beginning and  not utilize the existing skills in this country to assist in the process !!! Red-tape and politics have to be removed from both the teaching and  academic arenas.

Comment by Tass Schwab on November 14, 2011 at 12:07

Thank you for the link - looking forward to seeing more of what the NPC is up to and how private service providers may be making a difference in the lives of all the Thandis in SA.

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