Nsanje, It has now been proved that pre-primary school learning offered by Community Based Child Centres (CBCCs) in Nsanje District are providing strong educational foundation for children, Malawi News Agency (Mana) can reveal.
A visit by Mana reporter to some of the CBCCs manned by Action Aid International Malawi, and the primary schools where children have been enrolled after graduating from such centres has shown that they are easily adapting to primary school environment; and, that such children perform very well in primary school compared to those who have not been enrolled in pre-schools.
Dinde Primary School under Nyamadzere Education Zone is a good example of one of the primary schools in Nsanje which enrolls over 120 children per year from Action Aid International Malawi’s Chiphwembwe and Nthole model CBCCs.
According to the head teacher of Dinde Primary School, Gregoire Sandalamu, the school is impressed with the performance of children from the CBCCs including their ability to communicate and mixing well with teachers and fellows.
Here at Dinde Primary School, we enroll over 120 children every year from three CBCCs which are within our catchment area. We have discovered that children who have participated in early childhood education and related programmes are performing well compared to those that did not pass through the process, said Sandalamu.
He said among other achievements, these children scoop top ten positions, hardly repeat and are more likely to remain in school when compared to those that have not gone through CBCCs.
The ECD services are really helping here, concluded Sandalamu.
Action Aid’s Early Childhood Development Officer, Fredson Likhutcha, said ECD service delivery has started bearing the needed fruits despite facing a lot of challenges ranging from the commitment of the parents to send their children to CBCCs.
Our goal is to improve the lives and wellbeing of the poor and vulnerable children through promoting access to quality and sustainable ECD services. We are trying to engage the parents through an initiative called ‘Parenting and educating support’ to raise awareness so that they send their children to early childhood development centres, said Likhutcha.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA