One of the key barriers to early child development is that deprived rural caregivers lack the information, skills and aspiration to provide their children with the education and care they need to fulfil their full developmental potential. We use a behaviour-change approach to build the capacities and transform the mindsets of the parents so they have the knowledge, skills and drive to give their children a better start in life and better chances for the future, using their own resources.
We work in partnership with government. In Ghana with the Ghana Education Service and in Uganda with local government
The programme is delivered using a training of trainers approach. The trainers are Kindergarten Teachers (in Ghana) or Village Health Teams & Para-social workers( in Uganda).
We support these trainers to train a minimum of 30 uneducated & marginalised Mothers in each community, to run Play Schemes for all the pre-schoolers (3-6 year olds) in their communities, using games made from cheap local materials. The Mothers perform this role on a voluntary basis.
The Mothers & trainers receive a package of ongoing training, supervision and support to keep them committed to the Play Schemes and so they provide better home-based care for their own children.
We build the capacity of local government officials, so that they can train and support the trainers and maintain quality of the programme.
This creates a sustainable, scalable and cost-effective way to bring high quality Early Childhood Care & Education to the hardest-to-reach, resource-poor communities who need it most.
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