The number of children aged below six years accessing early childhood care and education in Chadiza district has increased.
This came to light at a stakeholder’s orientation seminar in early childhood care development and education in Chadiza district.
Chadiza District Education Board Secretary Zacheaus Banda expressed happiness that the number of children has increased.
Mr. Banda said his Ministry will contribute to the provision of early childhood care, education and development for children who reside closer to primary schools and secondary schools offering the service.
He encouraged communities to open up early childhood learning centres where formal schools are not within reach.
Chadiza is one of the districts that have been picked from the 37 countries in Africa that are piloting the Early Childhood Care, Development and Education programme.
And Acting Chadiza District Commissioner, Kabange Masenga said that government will continue to contribute towards the provision of Early Childhood Care, Education and Development ECCDE for children aged between three and six years.
Mr. Masenga said that the first six years of a child development are in many ways the most crucial foundation because the health, nutrition, physiological and ethical foundations for the future learning ability are largely determined by the time the child reaches the age of formal schooling.
The District Commissioner commended UNICEF, the United Nations International Children Education Fund for releasing 180 thousand Kwacha towards the ECCDE pilot project for Chadiza.