Raising Awareness and Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Care and Education in Swaziland

The proposed project seeks to improve the quality of early childhood development, and begin the process of establishing Grade 0 in public primary schools, and will also sensitise local leaders, and parents on the impacts that early childhood development and education has on later life and learning. This is a capacity building project.

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October 29th, 2012

The proposed project seeks to improve the quality of early childhood development, and begin the process of establishing Grade 0 in public primary schools, and will also sensitise local leaders, and parents on the impacts that early childhood development and education has on later life and learning. This is a capacity building project.

In Swaziland ECDE is under the Ministry of Education and Training. The ECDE department has 21 personnel: One Senior Inspector is based in the headquarters and in each region there is one inspector and four coordinators. Swaziland is embarking on a journey towards implementing an “Integrated Approach to ECDE”. This is within the framework of supporting and addressing the freedom and the rights of a child’s related health, nutrition, care, psychosocial, education needs as well as preparing for the implementation of the ECDE Policy.

The integration will also address the issues of equity and access as it seeks to develop strategies that will create awareness to stakeholders on the critical nature of ECDE, select the most appropriate, cost-effective ECDE models to cover the children and families in need and direct the relevant policies towards a more community and family centred ECDE models in Swaziland. At its best it has the potential to connect diverse actors at different levels and participation of ECDE service providers, through an integrated approach. In is anticipated that this could lead to commitment as members are joined through shared values and the quality of participation is enhanced.

This project will address the following issues:
1. Raise awareness of policy makers, local leaders and parents on the importance of ECDE.
2. Train teachers on the best practices of ECDE and provide them with teaching materials and learning resources.
3. Design Grade 0 learning and teaching materials.
4. Train faculty of the Teacher Training Colleges on integrated ECDE services and provide them with related materials and resources.

Through this project three ECDE officers will conduct a study tour in 3 selected SADC countries (Zimbabwe and Lesotho) that have introduced the Grade 0 in the primary schools. This tour will help these officers gain knowledge on the process of establishing of Grade 0 in primary schools and on what could be adapted and adopted.

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