UNESCO supports the training of trainers in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for quality pre-primary education provision and care in Nepal
Every child is special and needs to be treated in a special way. The way they learn and the amount of knowledge they gain through learning is different and depends on the individual child.
Therefore, to understand a child every educational professional must enter the mind of a youngster and actively participate in their learning processes. Even in the act of playing, children learn many new experiences and challenges that they remember for the rest of their lives.
The experiences in the years between birth and pre-school education lay the foundation of early childhood development, pre-primary education provision and care for the physical, cognitive and emotional development of children.
The path towards Education for All begins long before primary school. Adequate nutrition, good health and an emotionally secure, language-rich home environment during the earliest years are vital for later success in both education and life.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) and pre-primary education provision is essential for supporting literacy development and it is the foundation for all future learning.
It contributes to the all-round development of children during the early childhood years. It also has a significant impact on children’s enrollment, retention and universal primary education completion.
With the aim to prepare trained resource persons to provide training on ECD, a 10-day capacity development programme: “Master Training of Trainers on Early Childhood Development (ECD)” was organized from 5-16 December 2011 in Kathmandu.
The training was jointly organized by Save the Children Nepal, UNICEF-Nepal, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation), the Department of Education (Nepal) in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel and the Mount Carmel Training Centre.
The training aimed to provide knowledge to trainees in ECD; to think in the capacity of a child’s brain; and to interpret seen things and to learn in the same way as a child learns and remembers for a life time.
A total of 28 education officials and ECD facilitators from the Ministry of Education, District Education Offices and ECD centres from different regions of Nepal were involved in the training programme.
The trainers will serve as resource persons in providing training to ECD facilitators for high-quality early childhood development and pre-primary education provision, care and entertainment.
With 33,404 ECD centres and pre-primary classes, serving over one million children aged three to four, (73 per cent of the total population of this age group), improving quality is vital for equity as well as holistic development of the children in Nepal.
UNESCO Representative to Nepal Axel Plathe said in his opening address to participants: “This calls for actions with regard to establishing clear professional development policies and opportunities; reviewing curricula for ECD practitioners; and providing them with a better professional status.”