Mulumbo Early Childhood Development Foundation.

Early Childhood Development (ECDE) in Zambia is not yet well recognized and prioritized at all levels from community to Government. There are still very few ECDE programs in communities compared to the demand. This is due to the lack of a legal framework or policy in the establishment and implementation of ECDE programs. There are several pieces of uncoordinated legislation on children which makes it difficult to make any significant impact in the quality of services for children from 0 – 8years.

Early Childhood Development (ECDE) in Zambia is not yet well recognized and prioritized at all levels from community to Government. There are still very few ECDE programs in communities compared to the demand. This is due to the lack of a legal framework or policy in the establishment and implementation of ECDE programs. There are several pieces of uncoordinated legislation on children which makes it difficult to make any significant impact in the quality of services for children from 0 – 8years.

According to the Ministry of Education (MOE) Statistical Bulletin 2007, only 17.1% of pre-school children are attending an organised ECDE program in Zambia. There is also a big disparity between urban and rural in the area of ECDE, 15% in urban areas and 2.1% in rural areas. This entails that majority of the Zambian children do not have access to ECDE and that those who have do not get professional ECDE that promotes children’s development, well being and independence. In addition, due to lack of ECDE program and public awareness on ECDE, the diverse needs of children like health, nutrition, care and stimulation are neglected causing many Zambian children to suffer from poor nutrition, lack of clean water and sanitation, inadequate developmental and educational opportunities and increased child abuse.
 
Mulumbo, through this project seeks to create general awareness among policy makers, civic leaders, planners and the general public on the importance of early childhood education.The project will also involve activities to lobby for increased ECDE services at the community level, facilitate exchange and networking among ECDE providers and advocates at community level, production and distribution of ECDE IEC materials at community level, and conducting ECDE training for parents and caregivers..
 
For more information contact
 
Sylvia Chivweta
 
Cell +260 9778 79855 /260 977 874222
Tel + 260 211 257474
 
 

Contacts

  • 1 Hood Avenue/148 Jan Smuts; Rosebank, GP 2196; South Africa
  • T. +27 (0)11 587 5000
  • F. +27 (0)11 587 5099