Category: News 2014

18 Nov 2014

Cotlands launches new campaign

As parents across South Africa prepare to send their kids back to school, Cotlands this week released a new ad campaign to inform the public of the urgent need for foundation phase learning for all children, particularly vulnerable children living in remote and under-resourced communities. It is estimated that out of a group of 100 […]

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01 Aug 2014

Cotlands turns 78

It’s our birthday, but instead of hauling out the streamers and balloons we have to down play our celebration as times are tough financially. As we enter our second financial quarter we find ourselves almost R4 million short, which places a tremendous burden on Cotlands’ ability to meet operational demands. Each child that visits a […]

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28 Jul 2014

Cotlands extends early learning playgroups

In May 2013 Cotlands rolled out its early learning playgroup programme nationally. The Cotlands early learning playgroups are free and are available to children below the age of six that is not accessing early childhood development services. The sessions are packed with learning experiences that prepare children for school. Each child receives a nutritious meal […]

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25 Jul 2014

Cotlands encourages parent involvment

Cotlands early learning playgroups are free and take place twice a week in five provinces across the country. As of August, playgroups will be four hours long and is available to any parent or caregiver who has a child below the age of six. The sessions are packed with learning experiences that prepare children for […]

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25 Jul 2014

Donate your smartphone

Cotlands is known for its credibility and accountability to donors. We recently introduced a monitoring and evaluation system called Mobenzi. This cellphone driven system allows our early learning facilitators, nurses and social workers to capture information about children accessing our services quickly and accurately. Unfortunately, entry level phones do not support this innovative system. We […]

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18 Jun 2014

Living Mandela’s legacy

Press release: Cotlands launches Mandela Day campaign Cotlands launched their Mandela Day campaign this week. The non-profit organisation called on all citizens to live Mandela’s legacy by treating children with dignity and by providing vulnerable children with quality early learning opportunities that will see them thrive in their formative years. The legacy of former President […]

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05 Jun 2014

Cotlands winter warmth campaign

This week Cotlands launched it’s winter warmth campaign. The campaign is aimed at raising funds for the organisations nutrition and early learning programmes. Cotlands reaches thousands of vulnerable children each month with warm meals through our early learning play groups. Often the warm meal they receive at our early learning play group is their only […]

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03 Jun 2014

Jackie talks to Radio Today

Cotlands CEO Jackie Schoeman was recently interviewed by Paul Perriera on Radio Today. Jackie elaborated on the importance of World Play Day and spoke about Cotlands shift in focus. Her conversation covered the need for early learning programmes in South Africa, particularly non-center based early childhood development programes. Jackie talked about the disparities in education between […]

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29 May 2014

Cotlands Pushes Play

Cotlands, together with A Chance to Play Southern Africa (ACTPSA) have announced their advocacy statement to hold government accountable to upholding Article 31 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Article 12 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). At a press briefing held […]

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15 May 2014

Southern Africa Play Conference

Non-profit organisations and government representatives from Southern Africa met to discuss the role of play in early childhood development. The first Southern Africa play conference took place at the Randburg Towers between 12 – 15 May. Talks by Dr. Lorayne Excell from Wits University’s foundation studies division and Professor Jannie Ferreira, former head of optometry […]

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06 May 2014

Cotlands speaks out for missing Nigerian girls

Cotlands, a South African non-profit children’s organisation, has shared its concern for those girl children kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. “As an organisation that believes education is a fundamental right, regardless of gender, we are deeply disturbed by the brazen attack on educated girl children in Nigeria,” said Cotlands CEO Jackie Schoeman. The 77 […]

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14 Apr 2014

Cotlands hosts enterprise development talk

Cotlands hosted its first ever enterprise development seminar on Tuesday 11 March at Marion on Nicol. The seminar was aimed at improving corporate spend in the NGO sector to make a meaningful difference in communities. Guest speakers Karen Krakowitzer (CSI consultant), Jason Bygate (MD of Engage) and Jackie Schoeman (CEO of Cotlands) offered insight into […]

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