Mchinji, World Vision Malawi (WVM) has commended men in Mchinji for complimenting the promotion of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in the District.
WVM Educational Technical Programme Manager, Thandeka Nkhonde made the commendation during the graduation of over 100 Caregivers from the area of Traditional authority (TA) Mavwere in Mchinji.
He said it is very rare in most districts in which WVM is operating to see a good number of men volunteering to be caregivers and be able to work at Community Bases Care Centres (CBCCs)
Nkhonde added that if more men in the country could emulate the gesture demonstrated by men from Mchinji, the ECD initiatives would be well supported and coordinated.
He said it was pleasing to note that out of 100 caregivers trained in Mchinji, 37 of them are men which are a positive sign to the enhancement of the programme.
He said United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) launched Super Dad initiative which is urging men to take part in parenting and should be part and parcel of promoting ECD services within their areas.
The Manager noted that if more men are involved in the EDC delivery, the country would be able to reduce the 87 per cent rate of children who are not able to read, write and do basic mathematics even though half have attended school for at least four years.
Nkhonde said globally, 250 million children face the same challenges and the global investment in improving children’s access to education which focused on school attendance and has largely succeeded
WVM District Programme Manager for Mchinji, Mavuto Kholowa pointed out that the future of the country is in the hands of the children hence the need for total involvement in their upbringing for both men and women.
He added that men’s participation in the delivery of ECD services in the district has had positive impact to the implementation of the programme.
Most children are being encouraged to come to the CBCCs since they are able to interact to both male and female caregivers, which helps them in their mental development, Kholowa noted
He urged male caregivers to remain exemplary in child caring initiatives so that more men should feel compelled to join the field.
One of the Caregivers, Fransicso Nobelito thanked WVM for funding the training and the Ministry of Gender for provision facilitators.
He said male Caregivers that have been trained are geared to bring mind set change among fellow men who always view that ECD promotions are only meant women not them.
Source: MANA Online