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45 per cent of Children targeted by ECD initiative

Written by  Tione Andsen
National ECD Coalition Chairperson, Janet Kuyeli (L) bemoaned low rate in ECD initiatives National ECD Coalition Chairperson, Janet Kuyeli (L) bemoaned low rate in ECD initiatives

Mangochi, November 21, 2017: National Early Child Development Coalition Tuesday disclosed that only 45 per cent of the children particularly in rural areas are accessing Early Child Development (ECD) initiatives in the country. 

National Chairperson for National for ECD Coalition, Janet Kuyeli made the observation when she made her remarks during the opening of National ECD conference as part of National ECD Advocacy weeks. 
She noted that 55 per cent of the rural children are not having access to ECD services despite a number of initiatives being done by various stakeholders in the sector. 
" We need to do more in order to reach the remaining children if the ECD initiative should bear fruits for the country. We have to develop comprehensive programmes so that the current initiative reach out to many children, " Kuyeli explained. 
The Chairperson of the Coliation called for joint programming among various stakeholders in the implementation of the ECD programmes in all the districts throughout the country. 
"We need to mobilise resources and encourage joint planning at all levels for ECD programme to be well coordinated and avoid jubilation in areas of operations," Kuyeli suggested. 
She urged various stakeholders to embrace the culture of joint operation saying working in isolation need to be discouraged at all times. 
Kuyeli observed that ECD conference have been conducted in the past but has lacked follow ups on issues raised during such sessions. 
"We need to be keen in making follow ups to conference resolutions. We have to review and see what has been implemented or not," Chairperson suggested. 
Catholic Relief Services representative, Fidelis Mgowa eoched the importance of taking care of every child in society to have access to food, shelter and clothing. 
He pointed out that issues of Child development requires collective approach in enhancing ECD inititative in various communities. 
Mgowa assured government that all stakeholders involved in ECD activities are willing to work in close collaboration. 
"We need to make use of the new ECD policy which has been approved for welfare of of child development in the country," he added. 
The conference has attracted participants like Traditional leaders, Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Civil  Society Organisations (CSOs), Field facilitators,  Master Trainers, Mentors, Project Officer,  Programme Coordinators and Child Protection Workers.


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