Ububele supports the understanding, knowledge and skills of those working with young children (under seven) through a comprehensive portfolio of activities, based on the premise that preventative and remedial psychosocial support interventions improve the mental health of young children, preparing them emotionally, socially and academically for life. The goal of Ububele is to assist children born into poverty to grow up to become emotionally healthy adults, competent parents and good citizens.
Through its training and workshop component, skills to build the emotional resilience of children and help to break the inter-generational patterns of behavior and poverty are taught. Ububele is accredited as an education and training provider by the Health & Welfare SETA and by the Health Professions Council of SA. Training courses in psychosocial care and support are offered to psychotherapists, social workers, social auxiliary workers, nurses, pre-school teachers, child caregivers and lay counselors. Ububele also works with mothers and infants to improve the quality of attachment between them.
The Ububele pre-school offers a holistic and enriching curriculum, which includes art, ballet, baking, creative play and active learning. Highly trained staff identify children who are experiencing emotional challenges and support them with individual play therapy, and parenting workshops are offered by psychologists to promote positive parenting and coping mechanisms.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportDeliveryFinancingSchool supportComprehensive curriculumCulture/indigenous knowledgeArt & MusicOther
Model details2000Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumComprehensive curriculumCulture/indigenous knowledgeArt & MusicOtherPsychosocial developmentActiveLong-term projectFree service or product
Subsidized rates are paid by professionals for training courses and short courses have fees attached to them. Ububele generates some of its income through hiring out its venue and providing catering. A means test determines any amount that might be charged for children in the pre-school, the maximum fee being subsidized. There is no charge for community projects.University of the WitwatersrandAlexandra Health CentreEast Bank ClinicThokoNgoma Clinic
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable children
Ububele works specifically in an impoverished community in Johannesburg.
Number of people who received training in 2012: 387
Number of people who received services in 2012: 1420
Ububele training programs and services have expanded exponentially since inception in 2000. In the last 3 years the number of people in the community that have been directly impacted by this project has increased by 58%.
Ububele plans to expand it if funding
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Participant questionnaires are completed after training courses.Standardized assessment performanceUser satisfactionGraduation or promotion ratesEmployment ratesTeacher attendanceStudent attendanceTeacher retentionStudent retentionIncreased enrollmentCost effectiveness/value for moneyYes