Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Thom Navicha has called upon all Malawians to consider provision of ECD services as an everyday routine.
“My Ministry will ensure that caregivers are formally trained to create positive learning environments at home. It will also promote child -mother’s nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation and birth registration services,” She said
Navicha also expressed that government is committed to ensure that all children are protected and parents are sending their children to ECD centres as there is a very big difference between the children who have gone to ECD centres and those who did not.
“My Ministry will work hard to ensure that households have play and learning materials that can engage children for early stimulation. Let us encourage parents to use local resources such as clay to provide their children with play materials,” she added.
“As we are celebrating these achievements we should not forget some of the villages that do not have the ECD centres and let me assure the nation that we are constructing 250 ECD centres through World Bank and 100 ECD centres from other donors,” said the Minister.
In his remarks Singliton Phiri, Interactive Radio interaction specialist at Save the Children cited a number of children not attending ECDs, other parents deliberately not sending their children to ECDs and literacy level of care givers as challenges registered so far.
UNICEF is also taking part in promoting ECD services in the country “As UNICEF we are conducting parenting campaigns like the super Dads campaigns to make sure men are also taking part in ECD activities” Said Chimwemwe Phiri ECD officer at UNICEF.
The 2019 Early Childhood Development week took place at Tukombo Community Ground in Nkhatabay under the theme “Promoting Positive Parenting and Early Learning.”