CCAP Synod of Livingstonia trains care givers on new ECD guidelines

Written by  Mc Donald Gondwe

The Early Childhood Development arm of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, has trained 18 care-givers in government’s revised guidelines.

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The Church’s Moderator, Rev. John Gondwe said the two week training was necessitated to enlighten the care-givers on the developments in the ECD service delivery and better their under understanding.

During the meeting Rev. Gondwe hailed government for recognizing its efforts by among others according it as an ECD care-giver training institution.

“We are happy that government has supported us in a number of ways, recently it has recognized us as a training institution which we believe is a result of our hard work.

“As a church we promise to intensify the cause, train more care-givers and ensure they deliver the intended output,” noted Rev. Gondwe.

In his remarks, District Social Welfare Officer for Mzimnba North, Edward Chisanga reminded the ECD practitioners to always abide by government’s stipulated laws, guidelines and regulations to better provide ECD services in the country.

“Government has formalized the sector, it wants that children should be getting uniform instructions from care-givers, as such any act to the contrary will attract serious measures including closure of such an institution,” said Chisanga.

Chisanga added that the guidelines are to help proper delivery of ECD services thereby enable proper transition of children to primary school.

Various proponents deem Early Childhood Development as a good step to nurture ones cognitive, physical, social potential aspects.

The Government of Malawi has also put emphasis on ECD no wonder together with development partners it facilitates the establishment of community-based child care centers (CBCCs) majority of which are owned and managed by community members.

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia ECD arm has over 500 ECD Centers, about 1000 care-givers and has since promised to intensify the cause.

The training was organized by the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia with funding from a Netherlands based organization GZB.

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