Caregivers instrumental in ECD initiatives

Mchinji, Caregivers in Mchinji have been advised to be instrumental to ensuring that Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives are enhanced in the district.

Chief Child Development Officer in the Ministry Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Pauline Simwaka made the remarks Friday when she closed a two week basic training for 100 Caregivers from the area of traditional Authority (TA) Mavwere in Mchinji.

She explained that despite facing a number of challenges Caregivers have committed themselves to providing ECD services within their communities.

As a Ministry, we are still working on the modalities to make sure that Caregivers welfare is looked into critically. We are geared to ensure that Caregivers are given necessary support because they are key stakeholders to the mental development of any child, the Chief Child Development Officer pointed out

Simwaka urged the caregivers to use knowledge gained during the training in order to improve on their deliveries at their Community base Care centres (CBCCs).

She commended World Vision Malawi (WVM) for funding the training saying the organization has been helpful in the capacity building processes for the Caregivers in the country.

Simwaka assured WVM that the Ministry wants to train more Caregivers so that ECD services should given adequate support.

WVM Educational Technical Programme Manager, Thandeka Nkhonde said WVM has trained over 324 Caregivers in Mchinji since 2015.

He said despite being trained most of the caregivers are working on voluntary basis which poses a great challenge to the quality of delivery services.

Through World Vision investment, over 91,000 children are attending 1,098 ECD centres spread across our 33 Area Programmes (APs) in the country. World vision remains committed to the Malawian child, we will continue to serve with love and work even harder to reach most vulnerable child and attain Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities to all, Nkhonde explained.

Director of Planning and Development (DPD) for Mchinji, Noel Dakamau said the Council has included ECD programmes in its development plans.

He added the Council would provide necessary support to ensure that ECD centres have trained caregivers and that provision of learning centres continues in order to meet the current demands.

Apart from this event, WVM had another 90 Caregivers graduating in Mzuzu and last year, 1,110 Caregivers across the country were trained.

Source: MANA Online