Neno Intensifies ECD Services

 These centres are crucial in early years These centres are crucial in early years - pic by Steve Kalungwe

The Neno District Social Welfare Officer Paul Sosono has disclosed today that 90 percent of children of ages 3-4 years are in Early Childhood Development Centres, labeling this a positive stride in the World Bank funded Investing in Early Years project.

He spoke this on Tuesday during an ECD Open Day in the area of Senior Chief Dambe where he appealed to parents to enroll their wards saying ECD centres act as a foundation for social development.

"These centres are extremely important in as far as preparing the social development of a child is concerned," said Sosono.

He further advised parents in rural areas to take advantage of the fifteen ECD centres that the World Bank is constructing in the district under the Investing in Early Years project.

But Lucy Kadaonanji, a caregiver has asked the government to consider giving them incentives such as money for their voluntary work.

"Our services are mostly for free and we appeal to development partners and the government to consider giving us allowances to motivates us," said Kadaonanji.

She still thinks that their role in the centres is of paramount importance hence calling on others to take up the job and assist in teaching the children.

Taking the podium, councilor for Chilimbondo ward Montfort Bwanali hailed the role caregivers play in early education.

He says the government should take on board more caregivers in a bid to reach every child in the country.

Neno has 18, 200 children in its 232 centres and the World Bank has constructed fifteen of them in the five year program.

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