The North West Department of Education, Viola Motsumi has today, 05 December 2023 launched a week-long training program for gardeners employed under ECDs across the province at the Kgora Training Centre in Ramatlabama.

The trainees are deployed in the 40 pocket centres of excellence in the Early Childhood Development directorate and are the first group of ECD gardeners to receive training. Upon successful completion, they will be awarded certificates recognizing their newly acquired skills.

This initiative marks the first step in upskilling and empowering this vital group of young workers.

The program, offered under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture but conducted by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), aims to equip the gardeners with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their roles.

The training covers various aspects of horticulture, including plant identification, soil management, pest and disease control, and sustainable gardening practices.

“This training program is a significant investment in our youth and the future of agriculture in the North West,” said Motsumi.

“By equipping these young people with the necessary skills, we are not only empowering them to earn a living but also contributing to food security and economic development in our province.”

“This initiative is just the beginning. Following the success of the gardeners’ program, similar training opportunities will be offered to other ECD participants, including administrators and storytellers”, Motsumi added.

The North West Department of Education is committed to the holistic development of the youth.

This comprehensive training program will provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to our society.

For more information please contact:
Mphata Molokwane
Media Liaison Officer (Spokesperson)
082 979 3638
Elias Malindi
Acting Head of Communications
072 892 8399

Author: tkhechane