A conference for emerging leaders to drive sustainable
change in the children’s sector.
The Conference

The Centre for Early Childhood Development is hosting the ‘Young Leaders for Children’ Conference as part of our 25th birthday celebrations which will take place from

01–03 October 2019 in Cape Town. The aim of this conference is to reach,

inspire, inform, and equip young leaders who work in the children’s sector.

This conference is targeted at individuals 35 years and younger,

and is limited to 100 delegates.


Many non-profits in the children’s sector lack leadership and management skills. This can be seen in the large number of children’s organisations that have had to downscale and the fact that many have closed in the last few years. The lack of leadership and financial sustainability in the NPO sector has had a significant, negative impact on services to children. This ‘Young Leaders for Children’ conference is a way in which to respond to these challenges. This is critical as we believe young people have the power to bring about sustainable change! The conference aims to build young leadership to drive this change in our country.


The conference will do this by covering three main themes:


 To inspire young people to become great leaders.


To provide young people with the skills on how to effectively manage non-profit organisations.

Children's Sector

To inform young people about the reality of the state of children in the country and to allow individuals to share information on successful programmes they are running.

To register, please click on the button below:


01 - 03 October 2019

Inyathelo, Cape Town

Conference Details

Date: 01-03 October 2019

Venue: Inyathelo,Second Floor

The Armoury, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road

Woodstock, Cape Town

Please click                      to see a map to the venue.






Registration deadline:

Full Registration: 20 September 2019




Conference fees payment:

Once you have submitted your registration form, you will be sent an invoice. Please do not deposit fees into the bank account without first completing a registration form and receiving an invoice.




Please click on the button below for a few accommodation options close to the venue.

The new conference fee:

Full Registration: R600 (Reduced from R3,000)


Conference Programme

Please click on the button below for the final programme and abstracts: 





This programme outlines the

times and planned sessions

for each day.


Call for Presentations

The conference seeks presentations on the three themes: leadership, management and the children’s sector, and for our ‘Khawuleza’ event.



Instructions to those who wish to present at the conference:


Individuals wishing to present at the conference can do so in two ways. Firstly, you can submit an abstract to present during a breakaway session on one of the themes or submit a synopsis to take part in our ‘Khawuleza’ event (or you can submit for both!).


Our ‘Khawuleza’ event (meaning “go quick!” in isiXhosa) is an evening that includes ten presentations of six minutes each. In the presentation, 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format keeps the presentations concise and fast-paced. This event is a good way to showcase the work of young leaders and other initiatives, in a fun and lively manner!




Presentation submission deadline: 14 June 2019

To submit your abstract or synopsis, please click on the button below:


The Organisers

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The Centre for Early Childhood Development is a non-profit organisation committed to putting young children first by ensuring quality early childhood development for our country’s youngest citizens.


We provide training, resources and support in the field of early childhood development, enhancing individual and organisation capacity; we develop and disseminate resources; and we carry out research specifically related to the African context.


Post Conference

Please visit the website after the conference has happened. We will

upload photographs, presentations and the delegate list.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us to learn more about the conference and if you have any queries.

Najwah Mukadam:  nmukadam@cecd.org.za

Jessica Blom: jblom@cecd.org.za

Office number: 021 683 2420

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