Major Activities:

The major activities accomplished under ECCD program are:

o    Community sensitization and community dialogues;

o    Organize effective SHGs/PGs and community mobilizations on early center establishments and management;

o    Organize regular parenting meetings sessions;

o    Conduct capacity development activities;

o    Conduct Practical project visits by relevant stakeholders and experience sharing events/forums;

o    Arrange dialogue and networking forums;

o    Establish model community managed early learning centres (mobile and permanent).

o    Support transition schools and mobile reading centres

       Target groups

The target groups directly addressed under ECCD program for the past three years reached a total of 5,181 (240M and 4,870 F) parents and 6140 (3073 M, 3067 F) children.

By the end of 2016, the direct beneficiaries will reach 7460 (1119M, 6341F) parents and 10,560 (5175 M, 5385F) children in fifteen districts.

       Geographic area reached

DEC is working in three National Regional States (Afar, Amhara and Oromia) and Addis Ababa City administration. Fifteen districts from the stated regions have accessed at least with one of the thematic area. The department’s plan is to strengthen its works in the targeted districts but, adders more number of communities within the targeted districts for the coming three years.

       Human Resources Utilized

High level and middle level expertise of human resources were properly and efficiently utilized to achieve the results and maintain it. 39 peoples (29 F and 10 M) are mobilized in the department to run the program activities.

2. Track Records

DEC is implementing Early Childhood Care and Development program in three National Regional States (Afar, Amhara and Oromia) and Addis Ababa City Administration.

2.1. Thematic Areas:

2.1.1.         Parenting Groups/Reaching Women/SHG:

Parents of approximately homogenous age and neighbours, similar in economic status, interest and skills will be organized into SHG to attend parental education and engage in livelihood improvement activities. Supporting the organized parents on holistic Child Care and Development, literacy, economy and skill is the major focus. Series of parenting sessions supported by coffee ceremony at village and centre level is organized to facilitate cooperative learning and experience sharing. This helped the parents to get professional support and also demonstrate their knowledge and skills on Child care and development, literacy, skill and economy to improve their children wellbeing as well as their livelihood.

DEC is implementing SHG project as a community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) and mitigation strategy. The project is contributing towards poverty and disaster mitigation for poor women and their families.

The four pillars of the PGs/SHG approach are improving parental skills,   income/economy, literacy and marketable skills. It also helped the communities to create supportive environment and have a positive attitude towards each other. This is also to enhance communities’ resource managing and mobilization skills in a well organized way to sustain the parenting session’s activities and full functioning of early learning centers after project phase out.

 

2.1.2.         Support Community Managed Early Learning Centers and Government Initiative ‘O’ Class Programm:

Establishments of Community Managed Early Learning Centers where children of age 4-6 years old learn through play are the core attention at this thematic area based on the context of the target area. Mobile learning centres are promoted to continuously benefit the children at pastoralist community.  The early learning centres are equipped with different cultural, development and age appropriate indoors and outdoors playing games with which the children learn through playing. Besides, there is material as well as capacity development support for government initiative “O” class programs in the intervention districts to equitably address more number of children so that the challenges at transition schools will be reduced.

2.1.3.         Transition to Primary schools:

Community Managed Early Learning Centers are linked to the nearby primary schools where children at the centers are expected to join these primary schools. The early grade primary school teachers capacitated with series of trainings on child center teaching approaches, counseling and creative supportive learning environment. Schools are supported with different playing and learning materials to promote child center learning and playing methods. The schools are also introduced with the concept of child care and development to welcome the children. Mobile reading centers are promoted to improve the reading habits and literacy level of the children. This also created children with access to library during their out of school time.

2.1.4.          Collaboration and networking:

This includes closely working with relevant government stakeholders and their lines share departments at all levels, Communities, Community Based organizations, Faith Based Organizations and other Civil Society Organizations to practically influence so that the approaches and techniques of DEC’s  ECCD program  implementing is well supported and  replicated.

 

 Strategies

The strategies utilized to the program objective are:

v  Resource mobilizations (calls for proposals, networking, lobby visit, best practise dissemination and demonstrations);

v  In kind, labour and beneficiary contribution from local resource mobilizations;

v  Involving local communities and relevant stakeholders in project implementations;

v  Programme integrations;

v  Seeking potential donors to make collaborations;

v  Post implementation assessment and best lesson documentations.

Potential Resources

DEC has good willing and is accountable to its donors and targeted communities. The organization has also very committed and expertise staffs who run the designed activities in the department. The potential at hand is the funds from the donors: Plan International Ethiopia (PIE), Kinder Not Helf (KNH), British Council through CSSP, Kinderpostzegles, ICCO Cooperation and the various contributions from the targeted communities. These are expected to be long term partners. There are high opportunities to raise resources from other funding organizations of similar goals through employing the designed strategies.

1. Objective of ECCD Program

The general objective of the program is to improve the wellbeing of children age 0 to 8 years old in targeted communities through holistic ECCD program.

The specific objectives are:

*  Enhance the capacity of parents and guardians on livelihood improvement and home based child care and development

*  Access children age 4 to 6 years old in targeted communities  to quality and equitable early learning program

*  Capacitate communities and schools in targeted areas to support smooth transition of children to primary school

*  Strengthen collaborations and coordination among government and local partners to support ECCD program    

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