Ndala: Impact Report

BRIEF PROGRESS REPORT OF NDALA ECD June 2015

SHINYANGA

Early childhood development is influenced by characteristics of the child, the family, and the broader social environment. Physical health, cognition, language, and social and emotional development underpin school readiness. Early childhood development programs are a community resource that promotes the well-being of young children.

Ndala ECD centre provided an opportunity to children 3 – 6 years to develop their social, cognitive skills in an environment which enables them to explore, discover and interact with their world. Children experience meaningful play in a warm setting. Ndala ECD encourages creativity and curiosity, as the children develop and master developmental goals and objectives.

The centre was built by Raleigh international in 2013, with funding from Lara’s Foundation, where by the class had 44 children (F 20 and Male24). The community had no proper building for ECD so with collaboration of Lara’s Foundation, Raleigh international and Save the Children, improved ECD building was built. The building has the capacity to accommodate 50 children, enough and safe space for children to play and socialize. Currently, there are 49 children enrolled in Ndala ECD (F 22 and M 27).The community is happy to have the ECD and they bring their children to study at the ECD because it a safe place for their children to study and play.

Year Children Enrolled in Ndala ECD for Past Three Years Grand Total
3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years
Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total
2013 1 2 3 4 6 10 14 9 23 5 3 8 24 20 44
2014 12 10 22 9 11 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 21 42
2015 13 18 31 6 12 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 30 49

Source: Programme Data

Children are assessed in their development – socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Each child is unique in their growth. Ndala ECD staffs cater the lessons and experiences based upon the individual child. The center believes in the vital role of partnering with the parents to draw them into their child’s overall development. Parents are offered the opportunities to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences as well as have daily communication about their child with the teacher. When an area of concern arises referrals are made to outside resources for the family, and the classroom staff creates experiences within the classroom to address the targeted needs.

As for the children from Ndala ECD , say that they like going to school because they play, sing and learn their A,B,Cs and number they also like the food provided at the centre.

Parents are happy to bring their children at the center to study because they believe that it a safe place where their children learn basic skills in reading, counting and numbers. They see a lot of Physical health, cognition, language, social and emotional development in their children as they attend ECD classes. Due to this most parents are willing to support Ndala ECD centre with food for their children and ECD caretakers’ allowances.

Parents and community surrounding Ndala ECD centre are eager to have more centers like this so as to prepare their children for school, social interaction, build their nutritional status and develop their well – being.

The following photos shows children in Ndala ECD centre doing different activities:

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