Chikwawa, Efforts to promote Early Childhood Development (ECD) activities in Chikwawa District are meeting a lot of hiccups due to lack of permanent infrastructure and training among caregivers.
The development has so far affected over 27, 786 children in the district’s 325 Community Based Child Care Centers (CBCCs) who are being taught by 306 trained care givers against 2499 untrained caregivers.
Chikwawa District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), Rosemary Mahata, made the remarks on Friday at the close of a-ten-day training for caregivers that was supported by Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Chikwawa office.
Another challenge that we are experiencing is the absence of permanent infrastructures. Most CBCCs are housed within churches while other children learn under trees with some having some shelters that bring discomfort to some of the learners. In addition, most of the children in these CBCCs do not receive food as required, said Mahata.
She said also pointed at the need for caregivers to be receiving honoraria to increase their retention.
Caregivers that help our children in CBCCs solely work as volunteers. There is need for communities to set aside honoraria for them so that they can be motivation,” she said.
On her part, MRCS’s Project Officer for Chikwawa District, Cecilia Banda said they decided to support the trainings of the caregivers after noticing a capacity gap among them.
Banda said MRCS will continue supporting CBCCs and other programs concerning children in the district.
Commenting on the training, Magret Banda, one of the caregivers from Kakoma village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga thanked MRCS for the training saying it will make them better service providers.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA