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Welcome to SSACI
The Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative is a public-private
partnership in development between the
Swiss and South African
governments and Swiss and South African companies.

It opens up
new pathways to employment for young
South Africans through
skills training and innovative
development projects.

Through SSACI, Swiss companies and the Swiss government have
together committed over R100'000'000 to skills development for
South African youths. Working alongside government and
with other development agencies, SSACI has developed
and implemented
projects that can be taken to scale for maximum





Creation of employment opportunities in early childhood development� (ECD) by developing community ECD centres into educationally sound and financially viable enterprises


3 years, 2007-9

Lead Agency Centre for Early Childhood Development


  • R2'800'000


36 young women qualified as ECD practitioners, of whom 21 were placed in employment in local ECD centres
359 community members trained in supporting community ECD centres
38 community ECD centres reaching 1'500 children per year implemented upgraded educational programmes after receiving kits of educational equipment and training in their use
33 ECD centres became financially viable through combination of parents' fees and state subsidies

Salient lessons With good management and some expert support initially, ECD centres in even very impoverished communities can offer sound educational programmes at an affordable price on a financially sustainable basis

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