Early Childhood Development Project (ECDP)

Overview

ECD Project – (2016-2020)

The launch of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project under the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs assisted by the World Bank was held at Water’s Edge Hotel on 1st March 2016.

The key purpose of this five year project, with an investment of USD 50 Mn. is to enhance and improve the quality of ECD centres and education to the children of 0-5 years who are the future of our country.

The government, in its development strategy, has recognized the importance of investing in early childhood care and development to ensure a safe, protective and enabling environment for children below the age of 5, by improving access to health, nutrition, quality care and development.

In Sri Lanka there are around 19,500 early childhood development centers, which are staffed by approx. 30,000 teachers.  The Project will mainly support the improvement of ECD facilities, provision of teacher-learning materials and the training of ECD teachers, teacher assistants and trainers.  For the first time this project will provide for the conduct of a National Census by the Department of Census and Statistics which will be a vital database for future activities.

Plantations Component

Improving the ECD Centre facilities and skills of the Child Development Officers (CDO’S) in the Plantations would be implemented by the PHDT with the allocation of USD 10.0 Mn. over the five year period.

The plantation segment comprise of two components.  One is the new Construction and Upgrading of Child Development Centres and their Play areas with the addition of New Furniture, Equipment and play items.

The other component is upgrading the skills and knowledge of the Child Development Officers’ (CDOs)with the conduct of training for the National Diploma in Child Development Pre-School Education and Management for the 650 CDO’s who are unqualified and also enhance the knowledge of the existing 740 CDO’s Diploma Holders with an Advance Refresher programme.

Through these programmes all children attending the 1450 CDC’s in the plantations would be under the care & guidance of skilled and trained CDO’s by the end of project period.

Another new Initiative would be the conduct of a parental awareness programme to educate them on the value and benefits of Pre-school Education & Development, Health & Nutrition etc. for their Children by sending them to Child Development Centres conveniently located and available in their Estate itself.

Project Development Objectives

Enhancing equitable access and Improving the quality of ECD Services

  1. Centers achieving minimum standards in quality and facilities.
  2. Improving the capacity of Preschool teachers / Child Development Officers (CDOs) to a nationally

accepted standard.

  1. Attract children from 0-5 years in Estates benefited to attend CDC centers developed.
  2. Providing opportunity for children to learn, develop and obtain the foundation for formal education in the future.

Main Components of the CED Project

  • Hardware (Construction) Activities
  • Software ( Diploma , Training and Awareness Programme) Activities

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project launched

 The launch of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project to be implemented under the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and assisted by the World Bank was held at Water’s Edge Hotel on 1st March 16.

 The key purpose of this Five years project, with an investment of USD 50Mn. is to enhance and improve the quality of ECD canters and education to the children 0-5 years who are the future of our country.

 The government, in its development strategy, has recognized the importance of investing in early childhood care and development to ensure a safe, protective and enabling environment for children below the age of 5, by improving access to health, nutrition and quality care and development.

 In Sri Lanka there are around 17,500 early childhood development centers, which are staffed by around 29,350 teachers. The Project will mainly support the improvement of ECD facilities, provision of teacher-learning materials and the training of ECD teachers, teacher assistants and trainers. For the first time this project will provide for the conduct of a National Census by the Department of Census and Statistics which will be a vital base document for the future.

 Improving the ECD centre facilities and skills of the Child Development Officers (CDO’s) in the Plantations would be implemented by the PHDT with the allocation of USD 10.0Mn. over the five year period.

 The plantation segment comprise of two components. One is the new Construction and Upgrading of Child Development Centres and their Play areas with the addition of New Furniture, Equipment and play items.

 The other component is upgrading the skills and knowledge of the CDO’s with the conduct of training for the National Diploma in Child Development  Pre- School Education and Management to the 650 CDO’s who are unqualified and also enhancing the knowledge of the existing  750 CDO’s Diploma Holders with a refresher programme.

 Through these programmes all children attending 1400 CDC’s in the plantations would be under the Care & Development of skilled and trained  CDO’s by the end of project period.

 Another new Initiative would be the conduct of an parental awareness programme to educate them on the value of Education, Health, Nutrition etc. of their Children.