Early Child Development Tool to Healthy & Educated Children - World Bank
The World Bank has pointed out that healthy and educated children are the foundation of the country, citing early child development as a tool to achieve the feat.
The Bank’s Senior agricultural specialist Francisco Obreque made the remarks today in Lilongwe during a handover of nearly 917-million-kwacha worth of 4 by 4 vehicles for the implementation of the 5 year Investing in Early Years Project aimed at easing challenges that children encounter.
Minister of Gender, Social Welfare ad Community Development Patricia Kaliti said investing in the early years of a child is paramount in eradicating child marriages and early pregnancies, of which the donation will aid in the fight I hard to reach areas.
Issues to do with child marriages and pregnancies are said to be a result of challenges faced in early child development.
This is the reason the government instituted a 5 year Investing in Early Years Project in thirteen districts aimed at ensuring that children avoid marriages and pregnancies, and develop into productive citizens.
According to the World Bank’s Senior Agricultural Specialist Francisco Obreque, it is for this reason that the Bank today donated 917 million kwacha eighteen 4 by 4 vehicles aimed easing mobility challenges, and reaching out to children in the remotest parts of the country.
Minister of Gender, Social Welfare, and Community Development Patricia Kaliati has said investing in the early years of a child is paramount in eradicating child marriages and early pregnancies.
She called on district councils to put the vehicles to good use so that the project benefits the target audience.
The five-year pilot project is in its second year and is being implemented in thirteen districts, among others Dowa, Machinga, Thyolo, and Neno.