Theme: coordinated intervention for holistic growth and development of all children from 0 to 8 years.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) issues are spread in many sectors without convergence of efforts which has reduced the effect of the various interventions. This calls for a vibrant national coordination secretariat for convergence of efforts for better impact of ECD.
The MGLSD has the mandate of social protection and development that empowers the Ministry to spearhead the coordination of the ECD issues. It is on this basis that initiatives are under way for the establishment and operationalisation of National Integrated ECD Coordination Secretariat.
2. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a period of a Child’s life from conception to age of 8 years and is the most rapid period of development in a human life. It is a process through which Children grow and thrive physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and morally. ECD therefore requires a range of services and interventions that address Children’s needs such as; health care, nutrition, emotional, psycho-social stimulation, sanitation and hygiene, protection and cognitive development, among others.
The Children respond best when caregivers use specific techniques designed to encourage and stimulate progress to the next level of development. These ranges of services require a vibrant coordination arrangement if the Child is to derive maximum benefit of the range of services and have proper growth and development in life. It is against this, that a vibrant National Integrated ECD Coordination Secretariat is to be put in place for effective and efficient provision of the range of services to the Children for their maximum benefit.