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Taking on the challenge, one step at a time

Written by: diannem

As the adventurers reach the end of their preparation ahead of their ambitious climb to summit the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado, it is also time to reflect on where the association lies with this climb and the daunting journey ahead of a child that does not receive the Early Childhood Education to ensure the necessary development to succeed in life.

“We live in a world of numbers. A number of which really matter."

Candice Potgieter, CEO of The Unlimited Child.

1 147 000 The number of children at risk of missing early childhood developmental milestones.

6 The number of pre-school years to lay a strong foundation.

2008 The year we began to do something about it.

1372 The number of pre-schools we support.

211034 The number of children we impact daily across 7 provinces.

29 000 000 Our investment since 2008 in South Africa’s future.

The figures provided by The Unlimited Child are indicative of exactly how dire the need for Early Childhood Education is and how important it is to build awareness and make a significant difference, with an aim to reach 600 000 children and 5 000 schools by 2021.

“These are the milestones of The Unlimited Child’s journey to achieve a different, optimistic future for our children, and an equal and abundant future for South Africa. When we say it is all in the numbers, this couldn’t be more accurate - Ojos del Salado is over 6 000m high, 6 climbers are committed to summiting, and 6 is the crucial age by which a child needs impactful pre-school years in order to lay a strong foundation. So, with the number six strongly entrenched in the adventurers’ minds, they are committed to making the numbers count.”

Candice Potgieter, CEO of The Unlimited Child

It is important that we understand how detrimental and dangerous the lack of Early Childhood Education poses to the children of South Africa and the looming gap that is becoming more and more apparent and evident in the results we are seeing in recent literacy reports and the 2017 matric results.

As a top priority to change this situation, the shareholders are actively demonstrating their commitment to this cause, and to raising funds for The Unlimited Child, by facing the dangers of this expedition.

In order to summit an active volcano extensive preparation both physically and mentally is necessary, one of the challenges they face is a 20m gap, that needs to be bridge, just before the summit. This is indicative of the gap The Unlimited Child is bridging in Early Childhood Development.

The question that comes to mind is – would you take on the challenge to support Early Childhood Education.

“Our future is a number, our children are not, we encourage corporates and individuals to make the numbers count, all donations go towards the pre-schools and all donations count."

Candice Potgieter, CEO of The Unlimited Child

Follow the journey, using#numberscount

The Unlimited Child is a registered non-profit company & public benefits organisation.




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