By Moses Masiye

Though Malawi established early childhood development (ECD) in 1989, access to the same currently stands at only 40 percent.

Child development officer in the ministry of gender, children, disabilities and social welfare Andrew Nkhoma told this blogger that government is leaving no stone unturned to raise the statistics to atleast above 70 percent in the next five years.

Nkhoma said:- “The strategic plan eyes the year 2019 and the campaign is underway to improve access to ECD, and in a process striving to improve people’s understanding of its importance, so that they take a role in establishing more centres at village level.”

He then urged parents to send their children to the ECD centres in their areas.

The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has meanwhile pledged its commitment to assist Malawi in achieving meaningful access to early childhood development, which it says is important for the country’s development.

NCA country representative Stein Villumstad made the assurance after donating items to children corners and ECD centres in Balaka district, worthy about 12 million kwacha through Quadria muslim association of Malawi.

“Children who undergo preschool, develop their life skills easily, and find it easy when they enrol for primary school.
“It is to this regard that we are supporting children corners through Quadriya Muslim association of Malawi” said Villumstad.

He said this initiative assist both social and intellectual growth.

Quadriya muslim association of Malawi is implementing a project aimed at promoting early childhood development and adolescent, with support from Norwegian church Aid.

The project is contributing towards training of caregivers for community based care center and establishment of children corners, among other interventions.|+265 999 14 8304| +265 884 03 0389