By Draxon Maloya
ONLY 6.5% PHYSICAL CHALLENGED CHILDREN ACCESS ECD EDUCATION.
Only 6 5% of children with physical challenges are said to be accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) education in the country.
This was disclosed in Mzimba on Friday during opening of the 14 day training workshop for 30 primary care givers organised by the Foundation for Children’s Rights (FCR) .
The Deputy Director for Children Affairs in the Ministry of Gender Children Disability and Social Welfare (MGCDSW) , Justin Hamela expressed disappointment with the figures which he said are hindering government’s effort in the provision of early childhood education.
Hamela said government shall soon embarked on a world Bank funded program which is aimed at training 350 000 early childhood care givers to supplement on the current available 35 000 of which only 18 000 got basic ECD training.
“Government is indeed very alarmed with the figures of children with physical challenges who are not accessing ECD education due to various reasons in our communities,
“The world Bank has already pledged support us and we are starting with a model in ten districts which will enable government to build 250 model centres in ECD with funding from the World Bank,” Hamela said.
In her remarks the Executive Director for FCR, Jennifer Mkandawire said her organisation has intensified in its efforts of ensuring that children’s education are given a priority , which is an integral part of human development.
“For quality service delivery in early childhood development, the care givers had to be identified and trained and we’re doing all this in collaboration with the social welfare office here in Mzimba District ,” Mkandawire said
Promoting Inclusive Early Childhood Development Program is an initiative championed by the FCR with funding from the Norwegian Church Aid to a tune of Mk32 million.