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Children born into poverty fail to reach their potential in cognitive development due to lack of proper health, nutrition and early education. Furthermore young mothers in the developing world are generally less educated and informed of their child’s

Children born into poverty fail to reach their potential in cognitive development due to lack of proper health, nutrition and early education. Furthermore young mothers in the developing world are generally less educated and informed of their child’s

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Zipporah commented on Early Childhood Centre

Hi Ellen,

Thanks for your comment. That's precisely what we are trying to achieve by providing all core services in one central place to make it easier for the parents to access them. If we do this there is a better probability they will avail of them.

You raise a good question about the involvement of the father. His involvement is extremely important and we will include him in training sessions on family planning and child development.

The centre will be offering day courses and evening courses to the parents. The day courses will be delivered to the mothers at the same time as the child is at the centre whilst the night courses will be held outside working hours to enable alot more people in the community to avail of them.

The day courses will involve classes that instruct the mother in the areas of health and nutrition, counselling and support in raising her child and financial literacy programs. The night programs will include sessions on family planning and child development and this is the program the father will be invited to attend.

The centre will be charging a subsidised attendance fee, this is to ensure that each centre is self-sustaining and not reliant on grants for an extended period of time.

If we implement this format then the project can be scalable to all other areas and that is our long term objective to make this template/format available to other venues once we complete the pilot.

Thank you for your good questions. We are glad you can see the potential in this idea as we are quite excited about this.

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Zipporah commented on Early Childhood Centre

Hi Chioma,

Thank you for your comment.

In relation to your question how many of the intiatives are currently being implemented:
1. We run a daycare where working mothers can leave their children during the day.
2. We currently sponsor 3 young women with early childhood training.
3. We have setup a microfinance group that supports the women in the community.

In relation to which experts are currently working at the centre - We currently only have trained teachers at the centre.

In relation to the aspect of our idea that can be best to test first - We can start with the trained professionals and the leaders within the community i.e. the church pastors, health centre nurses where will invite them to the centre for round table discussions on this idea. Following that we will invite women in the community to the centre and ask the experts to educate the community on the importance of early childhood education and women empowerment.

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Zipporah commented on Early Childhood Centre

Thanks for your message. I will post an image of the existing centre shortly.