By Horace Tebulo

DEDZA-(MaraviPost)-In an effort to sustain various interventions by development partners, community structures have been challenged on the need for concerted efforts in supporting Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the country.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Dedza North Constituency Savel Kafwafwa was speaking recently whilst commenting on the sidelines of a day long education visit to Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) by communities around Kamtedza Community Based Care Centre (CBCC), organised to draw learners’ interest in early childhood education.

Kids at Airport for tour

He says the initiative is commendable describing it as a catalyst in developing education standards in the area.

“As the lawmaker for the area, I must commend what the community has done in mobilizing resources for the trip. I believe the gesture will not only groom interest among parents as well as children in Early Childhood Education services in the area, but also enable the community to sustain the learning centres even when partners are phase their projects out,” says Kafwafwa.

He has since expressed satisfaction with the spirit of the community members, revealing to assist with relevant materials to construct more learning centres in the area.

“We have advised our Group Village Heads (GVHs) to be on the forefront in ensuring availability of learning centres in their respective villages. We have projected to have 100 CBCC centres in our Constituency, and with the spirit shown by the community members, we should be able to use resources from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to purchase cement, iron sheets and other materials for the construction of the centres,” he adds.

In her remarks, one of the caregivers at Kamtedza CBCC Regina Malata assures sustainability of early childhood education in the area as the community has embraced ownership of the initiative.

“Our parents as well as the community fully understands the critical role ECD plays in child development and it is through this background that they are able to support their children in every aspect of their education. They were able to contribute money for the education visit for the learners,” says Malata.

With an enrollment of 47 learners, Kamtedza Community Based Care Centre managed to mobilize Two Thousand Kwacha from each parent for the visit where their lawmaker, Savel Kafwafwa pumped in an additional Five Hundred Thousand Kwacha.

World Vision is implementing an education project dubbed Tiwerenge 365 in the impact area of Chitundu and Tchesa which are in TA Tambala.

The project whose goal is to improve literacy levels among children is working in two Area Programs (AP) of Chitundu and Tchesa both in Dedza district.

In Chitundu AP Tiwerenge 365 is working with 16 primary schools, 27 CBCCs and 42 Reading Camps whereas in Tchesa the program is in 14 Primary Schools, 23 CBBCs and 47 Reading Camps.

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