A 2 day Progress Review and Planning Workshop was held for ECD District Coordinators on 3rd and 4th October 2019 in Colombo, hosted by Early Childhood Development PMU with the participation of the Children Secretariat. 

The workshop was an opportunity for the ECD District Coordinators to interact with the relevant Project Officers to talk over all Project activities that were carried out to date, and a plan of action for next year concerning each District that were represented at the workshop. Both parties took the chance to discuss challenges faced at ground level on implementing Project activities and shared suggestions on how to improve the quality of  administration systems at District levels for better delivery.

 

 

ECD PMU also took the time to present to the DCs the new Project initiatives identified for the next phase of the Project, such as Nutrition enhancement programs in model preschool concept, Home garden program in preschool premises, Child Day Care caregivers training and Child Day Care services for children with Special Needs.

 

 

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.