One million children in low-income communities in South Africa do not have access to quality early learning programs, which have proven to play an integral role in a child’s social, academic and emotional development. SmartStart is a South African non-profit organization which has developed an innovative social franchise model to introduce or upgrade early education in local communities. By efficiently partnering with other NGOs to scale up the recruitment and training of local women as micro-entrepreneurs, SmartStart has become a leader in creating new opportunities for children by supporting women – and, in turn, improving the long-term prospects for both.
We have invested in SmartStart as part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s education strategy to address the ECD gap among low-income populations in South Africa. We provide comprehensive support across three areas:
Early Childhood Development service providers
Partnering with LGT Venture Philanthropy to close the funding gap enables SmartStart to be the delivery platform that brings systems change for universal access to early learning.
Learn more about how SmartStart works in the field