Jan 2016 Newsletter
HOPE worldwide Zambia (HwwZ) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from The Waterloo Foundation, as well as funding from The Thames Valley Church of Christ and a private donor, to establish an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Lusaka for pre- school children under 6 years old.
The ECD Program was launched in Africa by HOPE worldwide in 2013, and successful ECD programs have been established at pre-schools in South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya. The program encompasses basic education, exercise, nutrition, character building, health, and child protection. HOPE worldwide works closely with government and other civil society partners in each country to roll out the program.
ECD Program Objectives
The development community and research institutions have recognised that interventions to improve children’s education, parenting and health between 6 months and 6 years improves children’s intelligence, literacy, numeracy and health in adult life. Without adequate stimulation, nutrition and nurturing during this period, children’s development fails to take off, leaving them with a disadvantage that is all but impossible to make up in later life.
At the most fundamental level, a poor early childhood directly affects the physiology of a child’s brain as it develops. The ECD Program addresses these needs, with proper training for teachers, mentoring for parents (or Caregivers) where necessary, good facilities and adequate nutrition.