National

Minister calls for comprehensive ECD

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has emphasised on the need to provide comprehensive early childhood care and extend responsive care and stimulation to children for a smooth transition into primary education.

Kaliati made the call on Monday in Mangochi during the launch of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Commemoration Week and a handover ceremony of Mpinganjira Community Based Childcare Centre (CBCC) to community members.

The commemoration of this year’s ECD week was aimed at sensitising people on the importance of enrolling their children to early child education at a tender age, and promotion of high quality ECD services as a foundation for all children in the early years.

Kaliati said government prioritises ECD because it is the catalyst for national development as it prepares children before starting primary school.

“It still remains government’s plan to see every child attending pre-school education before entering primary education as it provides foundation for learning socially and academically,” she said.

She further argued stakeholders in ECD, parents and caregivers to continue promoting all forms of pre-school education to help the children gain knowledge and pick up information that would be useful once they start elementary school.

Director of Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, McKnight Kalanda said the Ministry will continue to do strategies in education, health and others services to promote ECD.

Kalanda said in this year’s ECD commemoration week the Ministry will take time to clearly spell out roles which parents should play in ensuring that children see the value of going to school.

“Parents play better roles more especially when we look at what happens to the human brain during the first 1000 days, issues to do with nutrition of the child, issues of health and general care for the child and the primary caregiver,” said Kalanda.

In his remarks, World Vision Deputy Country Director, Fordson Kafweku who represented all partners in child affairs said Malawi has proven to be a model of pre-school education as evidenced by government plans to make it a priority.

“ECD education is crucial for every country and that is why currently World Vision has constructed 623 CBCCs across the country and together with all child centred organisations like Action-Aid, YONECO, and UNICEF we will continue to make Malawi a better place for children’s education by meeting all requirements needed to fulfil children’s rights and meet government’s agenda.

Traditional Authority (TA) Mponda hailed the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare for implementing the project saying it is welcome in his area and that he will be in the fore front encouraging parents to send their children to school so that the goal of this project can be achieved.

Government is implementing a five-year project from 2019 – 2024 with funds from World Bank worth $60 million that will see construction of 150 CBCC centres across the country which will include 15 CBCC in each and every district.

 The centre in Mpinganjira, which was constructed by Tri-Estate Contractors, is the first one to be completed and launched.

The commemoration of this year’s ECD week was aimed at sensitising people on the importance of enrolling their children to early child education at a tender age, and promotion of high quality ECD services as foundation for all children in the early years.

Kaliati said government prioritises ECD because it is the catalyst for national development as it prepares children before starting primary school.

“It still remains government’s plan to see every child attending pre-school education before entering primary education as it provides foundation for learning socially and academically,” she said.

She further argued stakeholders in ECD, parents and caregivers to continue promoting all forms of pre-school education to help the children gain knowledge and pick up information that would be useful once they start elementary school.

Director of Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, McKnight Kalanda said the Ministry will continue to do strategies in education, health and others services to promote ECD.

Kalanda said in this year’s ECD commemoration week the Ministry will take time to clearly spell out roles which parents should play in ensuring that children see the value of going to school.

“Parents play better roles more especially when we look at what happens to the human brain during the first 1000 days, issues to do with nutrition of the child, issues of health and general care for the child and the primary caregiver,” said Kalanda.

In his remarks, World Vision Deputy Country Director, Fordson Kafweku who represented all partners in child affairs said Malawi has proven to be a model of pre-school education as evidenced by government plans to make it a priority.

Minister calls for comprehensive ECD
Kaliati opening and handing over Mpinganjira CBCC to community. Pic Noel Chimwala (Mana)

“ECD education is crucial for every country and that is why currently World Vision has constructed 623 CBCCs across the country and together with all child centred organisations like Action-Aid, YONECO, and UNICEF we will continue to make Malawi a better place for children’s education by meeting all requirements needed to fulfil children’s rights and meet government’s agenda.

Traditional Authority (TA) Mponda hailed the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare for implementing the project saying it is welcome in his area and that he will be in the fore front encouraging parents to send their children to school so that the goal of this project can be achieved.

Government is implementing a five-year project from 2019 – 2024 with funds from World Bank worth $60 million that will see construction of 150 CBCC centres across the country which will include 15 CBCC in each and every district.

 The centre in Mpinganjira, which was constructed by Tri-Estate Contractors, is the first one to be completed and launched.

Leave a Reply

Back to top button
error: Sorry, you are not allowed to copy this content!!!!
Advertisements

Adblock Detected

Please turn off your adblocker