Original Research - Special Collection: Urban Public Theology in South Africa

Informal community-based early childhood development as a focus for urban public theology in South Africa

J.P. (Hannes) van der Walt, Ignatius Swart, Stephan de Beer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 3 | a2769 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i3.2769 | © 2014 J.P. (Hannes) van der Walt, Ignatius Swart, Stephan de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 June 2014 | Published: 20 November 2014

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J.P. (Hannes) van der Walt, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ignatius Swart, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa
Stephan de Beer, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article highlights important dimensions of public theology and shows how the identified dimensions are relevant to the specific situation of informal early childhood development (ECD) facilities in a South African urban setting. The article considers the contributions and challenges of informal community-based ECD on the basis of research conducted in the Rustenburg/Phokeng area of the North West province of South Africa. It critically discusses the sociocultural discourses and legislation regulating ECD centres, by focusing on the constraints put on informal ECD service providers. It concludes by considering ways in which urban public theology should act to serve, strengthen and advocate this vitally important, yet informal, sector.

Keywords

early childhood development; South Africa; urban public theology; socio-cutural discourses; grassroots communities; South Africa

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