There are high prospects of improved delivery of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services in Nsanje following the training of over 100 care givers which was budgeted at K25 million by NGO Action Aid.
The Organization’s Nsanje ECD project officer Patrick Nedi in an interview on the sidelines of care givers’ graduation ceremony Monday after a two weeks intensive training said his organization observed that almost 80 percent of their Community Based Care Centres (CBCCs) care givers in the district were not trained which was negatively impacting on their service delivery.
The development comes after government admitted that the quality of the country’s Early Child Development (ECD) services remains poor as half of the country’s 35,000 care givers are untrained blamed on inadequate resources that are pumped into the ECD program.
“Challenge is that when the care givers are not trained they cannot fully impact the knowledge needed for the overall development of the children. This is the reason we were prompted to come up with this training to address the gap.
“Now we are happy that about 527 caregivers have been trained from our 53 CBCCs. Each CBCC has 10 caregivers. We are very mindful that children will get the necessary knowledge for their development and improve quality of ECD service delivery in the district,” said Nedi.
One of the caregivers who was graduated Fagiresi Misoya, comes from Chididi CBCC in the district said the training has come at a right time as they have been providing their services to the children without being trained.
Misoya noted that the training has given them the much needed knowledge as in the past they were just doing their work without following the right procedures.
“The training has totally changed the way we have been doing our own things regarding the provision of ECD services to the children. Our services were just provided without following the right procedures as per the ECD guidelines. But now, we are fully baked and ready to achieve more in the service delivery,” she said.
Misoya said as capacity building challenge has been resolved; still there are several issues that need to be addressed so that they can work more effectively in the provision of ECD services.
“As you are aware that we care givers provide the services on voluntary basis, we ask organizations and government to make deliberate move or policies which can assist us to generate income and earn a living,” said Misoya.