|Program at a glance:
In Nepal, little effort is made to nurture and develop early childhood from the government and other sector. Childhood is the foundation of children for their development. Realizing the fact, the government has put some efforts. The government has encouraged setting up early childhood development centres (ecd)in the community. Due to scattered and rural village setting, the schools are not easily accessible for small children to go to schools and most children stay at home doing nothing. They do not have any play materials at schools or at home. The Nepal government has encouraged setting early childhood development centres at schools but does not provide required facilities and teachers. The teachers are not trained at the centers. They do not have child friendly classrooms and resources.
VIN therefore aims to equip school based early childhood development centres child friendly. We train ECD teachers to make their classes joyful and creative for children. We supply resources for the centres and encourage teachers to collect locally available resources.
VIN has also set up a Child Development Centre (ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu. We have 20 children; aged between 4-6 have been benefiting from the programme. The Centre will have to be equipped with child friendly furniture and the materials for the children. This centre has been implementing in partnership with District Education Office (DEO), the government unit.
VIN only supports 6 ECDs based on 6 schools which are in the marginalized communities. At least we need 350 US dollars for each centre to be well equipped. Any individual or organization interested to support anyway for this purpose is welcome.
What can a volunteer do at these centers?
Who can apply?
Anybody who has strong interest to support children from the most marginalized communities and enjoys working with the kids. If you have been trained in Montessori methods will be an added advantage. Volunteers without skills also can apply since VIN provides essential skills before the placement at the centres.
ECD Teacher Training
Children at VIN's ECD Centre
What does this cost cover?