Ministry hails EAM’s early childhood development initiative

Karonga, Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has commended Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for its efforts in improving quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the country.

Quality Control and Standards Officer in the Department of Child Affaires Chikondi Mponda said the ministry appreciates various interventions by EAM.

She was speaking Wednesday during graduation ceremony for 18 trained caregivers from various Community Based Child Care centres in Karonga District.

Mponda said out of every 33000 caregivers in Malawi, only half of them are trained and hence there is no way quality of ECD can be achieved when the volunteers are not trained.

One major challenge in ECD services is qualification and lack of capacity building on the part of our caregivers in the communities because out of 33000 only 16500 are trained.

This shows that we have a mile to achieve quality ECD. There is need to attain the best education in the care centres, she said.

Mponda, however, hailed EAM for its efforts in ensuring quality ECD in the country.

Reaching today the organisation has trained about 125 caregivers in the district which is a great achievement to us, she said.

She said government attaches value to early childhood development education in Malawi because it is the foundation for every child cognitive development.

To this effect, there are strides to ensure the caregivers are incorporated on the payroll, she said.

She said it was, therefore, important that caregivers upgrade their education because many of them are primary school dropouts and very few have Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

EAM Karonga District Coordinator Tunsume Mweyibasa said one of the important areas the organisation focuses on is ensuring that children attain quality early childhood education.

Source: MANA Online