In a significant milestone for the Let Girls Learn II project, 16 dedicated caregivers from 8 pilot Community Based Childcare Centers (CBCCs) successfully graduated on the 12th of September, 2023. The graduation ceremony, held at the Mponela Teacher Development Centre (TDC), was presided over by Mr. Dalitso Chikwembani, the Director of Technical Services at the Ministry of Gender, Community Development, and Social Welfare.
The event also witnessed the presence of key figures in the field, including Mr. Fred Simwaka and Ms. Enia Ngalande, Trustees from the Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM), along with Mr. Francis Mhoni, CRECCOM's Director of Finance and Administration.
The Let Girls Learn II project, which is being implemented by CRECCOM, spans across Chitipa, Ntchisi, Thyolo, and Mulanje districts, thanks to funding from Echidna Giving. This ambitious initiative aims to integrate girls' education with Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in 8 selected CBCCs within these districts.
The 14-day training workshop was designed to empower ECD caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance the quality of CBCC education, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes in grade 1. The training modules delved into various aspects, including a deep understanding of how culture, personal beliefs, values, biases, and structural inequities can influence children's learning opportunities. Caregivers were also equipped with strengths-based pedagogical approaches and practices to foster holistic child development.
The 16 caregivers who graduated today represent two individuals from each of the 8 pilot CBCCs, each from different districts. The training itself was expertly facilitated by master trainers from the Ministry of Gender and the Association of Early Childhood in Malawi. This comprehensive program commenced on the 31st of August and successfully concluded on the 12th of September, marking a significant step forward in the Let Girls Learn II project's mission to empower both caregivers and young girls in marginalized communities.