Kaliati touts early childhood development

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has rallied support for early childhood development centers stressing the institutions have potential of transforming the education sector.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Kaliati said currently more than six hundred Early Childhood Development centers (ECDs) have been constructed nationwide and that authorities are renovating the learning facilities.

“We have upgraded 235 ECDs, constructed 480 ECDs with support from Action Aid, and World Bank has also supported us with 150 model ECDs in 13 districts with nutritional programs among others.” Said Kaliati.

According to Kaliati coordinated efforts with different organizations have made a difference in promotion of early childhood development adding other organisations are complimenting government’s efforts by implementing programmes of the same nature in the remaining districts.

To support and maintain gains registered, Kaliati told Legislators government plans to construct ECDs close to trading centers to help traders who bring along children to business places.

The minister emphasized government is more interested in keeping all the children in the foundation schools for them to be able to absorb the basics before joining their counterparts in upper classes.

She also expressed willingness to drill more boreholes as well as provide nutritious food to children.