17th-19th August 2019

The Secretary was accompanied by official from the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) and the Project Management Unit.

Visited Estate:

St-Coombs - Newly Built CDC

Pedro - Renovated CDC

Glassugh - Renovated CDC

Next she visited the Ury estate in the Badulla Region to inspect the newly constructed Child Development Center at the estate. Secretary was accompanied by Regional Director of Badulla Region, PHDT.

Researchers have identified the lack of male [ECD] educators as a problem for gender equity in different ways. Several studies have looked at the need for children to ‘experience an environment where there are equitable opportunities for learning, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity, or background’ (MoE, 1996, p. 66, Yang, J.E., 2014, Hekupu, Vol3, Num 3).

However, there is actually no gender balance in early childhood programs in many countries and Yang (2014) explains how ‘children are often not able to experience having men as educators or caregivers’.

 

Here at Early Childhood Development Project, we encourage all to take up the training and be part of the work force that helps develop the future citizens of Sri Lanka.

In line with the above Project objective, 4 male preschool teachers graduated with the batch of in service Preschool teachers at Bodiraja Dhramayathanaya in Embilipitiya Division, Rathnapura Distirct, raising the bar for gender equality in Sri Lanka.

7-day Short-term training on holistic Early Childhood Development for in service Preschool teachers was conducted by trained Master Trainers under ECD Project assisted by World Bank.

On 29th August 2019, the Closing Ceremony for the above Short-Term Training Program was held and certificates were awarded with the participation of the following dignitaries: Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the Divisional Secretary, Mr. Prasanga Udayakantha, Assistant Divisional Secretary Ms. S.T. Priyanka Weerasinghe for Rathnapura, Officials from the ECD PMU, District Coordinator for Rathnapura and ECD officers from Embilipitiya, Opanayaka, Kolonna, who were trained through the ECD Project.

The Plantation sector, with its distinct, historically marginalized population, needs special support to enhance the quality of ECD services. Unlike in the rest of the country where Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development plays the lead role in overseeing ECD related activities, the social development programs— including ECD—in the Plantation sector are implemented by the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT). Furthermore, as many of the mothers of young children in the Plantation community are engaged as Plantation workers, the centers in Plantations serve as both childcare facilities and Child Development Centers (CDC).

In August of 2019, the ECD project awarded 45 contracts to build new CDCs for seven regions in the plantation area, at a total cost of Rs 336,863,971.68.

Due to the high density of the resident population the highest number of CDCs are constructed in Nuwara Eliya Region, with 12 CDCs, and 10 CDCs in Badulla Region. 

A healthy Child Development Center is a place which provides a safe and encouraging environment for a child. It is important to raise the overall quality of the center to be upgraded as well as equip centers with the material which contribute towards the care and development of children.

Throughout the project period, 140 CDCs will be built along with a new playground, furniture and play equipment.