The World Bank has published an article about the Early Childhood Development Project and its success over the past 4 years. Please find the article herewith:

 https://www.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/results/2020/10/05/enhancing-equitable-access-quality-early-childhood-development-sri-lanka?cid=sar_fb_srilanka_xx_ext

COVID-19 relief efforts for ECD Centers in Matale, Puttalam, Kalutara and Rathnapura Districts

 

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Intervention through the Early Childhood Development Project distributed child friendly wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers to ECD Centers in Matale, Puttalam, Kalutara and Rathnapura districts to help restart preschools.

Beneficiaries from each of the above district shared their appreciation on the efforts by the ECD Project to help reopen preschools in all divisions but also the hardest hit divisions in their districts:

District:

Kalutara

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Preschool: Garland Preschools

Preschool Teacher: Mrs. Wasana Silva

“The Garland Preschool in the Kalutara District in the Kalutara Division is attended by children of low in come families. With the current pandemic situation around the world we faced many issues. One of the major challenges we face is to restart the preschools with safety equipment and health measures in place. The child friendly wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers provided by the Early Childhood Development Project to secure the safety of our children has been a great support to our preschool.”

 

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Preschool: Blue Angel preschool

 

Parent (Mother): Mrs. Yashmi Tharaka De Silva

 

“On behalf of the parents of the children attending the Blue Angel Preschool, I wish to thank the Early Childhood Development Project funded by the World Bank for providing wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers to open the school for our children in safe and secure environment during these trying times.”

 

District:

Puttalam

 

138 centers in the following Divisional Secretariats in Puttalam District have received wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers:

 Divisional Secretariats:

Anamaduwa

Arachikattuwa

Chilaw

Dankotuwa

Kalpitiya

Karuwalagaswewa

Madampe

Mahakumbukakadawala

Mahawea

Mundel

Nattandiya

Nawagaththegama

Pallama

Puttalam

Vanathawilluwa

Wennapuwa

District:

Matale

112 centers in the following Divisional Secretariats in Matale District have received the necessary equipment:

 

 

Divisional Secretariats:

Ambanganga Korale

Dambulla

Galewela

Laggala-Pallegama

Matale

Naula

Pallepola

Rattota

Ukuwela

Wilgamuwa

Yatawatta

District:

Rathnapura

 

ECD Project contributes to underprivileged (underserved/unserved) Districts in the country through its COVID 19 relief efforts.

Divisional Secretary of Balangoda Division, Mr. H. M. Bandara had this to share on these efforts:

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“I wish to give my sincere thanks to the Project Director and the officials at the Early Childhood Development Project for initiating this activity of providing the schools in the Balangaoda Division with wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers during this Covid 19 pandemic. Balangoda Division is one of the rural areas inhabited by low income workers in the Rathnapura District. Providing the necessary safety equipment to preschools in such a Division is a great service by the ECD Project.”

 

Division: Balangoda, Rathnapura

Preschool: Mythree Udumulla Preschool

 

Parent: Jayani Piyumali

 

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“I am mother of a preschooler. We are very grateful to the Early Childhood Development Project for giving us a set of wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers. This school is in a rural area, most parents are daily wage workers who are now facing difficulty finding daily work due to the Corona virus pandemic in the country and therefore we parents cannot afford to fund the necessary safety equipment needed to continue the preschool for our children. We have heard in the past months that these equipment are very costly. The teachers and the parents in the Udumulla area wish to send our sincere thanks to the Early Childhood Development Project and its officials for providing us with these necessary safety equipment to help the continued functioning of our preschool.”

 

Division: Balangoda

ECD Officer: Ms. Sandaruwani

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“We at the Balangoda District Secretariat is grateful to Dr. Ravi Nanayakkara and the officers in Early Childhood Development Project for giving 9 preschools in this Division the child friendly wash basins and Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers.

Preschools in rural areas function with great difficulty. Most parents of these children are daily wage workers, which means they cannot afford to fund such expensive safety equipment such as the Non Contactable Infrared Thermometers or the wash basins to the preschools their children go to. Although the ECD Project did not have provisions earlier to provide such equipment, due to the Corona Virus pandemic the ECD Project quickly coordinated to deliver these items to ensure the safety of our children and the continued functioning of the preschools in this Division Secretariat. On behalf of the Balangoda District Secretariat, I wish give our sincere thanks to the ECD project for this timely intervention.”

With the ease of restrictions in May 2020, the construction industry opened up and with it several new ECD center construction work that is funded by the Early Childhood Development Project also commenced their work

District Hospital Premises in Monaragala District, had the ground breaking ceremony for their new ECD center on 23rd of January 2020.

The ceremony was attended by Hon. Shasheendra RajapaksaM.P., Hon. Vijitha Berugoda, M.P., Monaragala District Secretary Mrs. Padma Kulasuriya, Additional District Secretary Mr. Chandana Lokuhewage, Divisional Secretary Mr. Prageeth Kulathilaka, Dr. Rathnayake, Hospital Director Dr R.M. Rathanayake and Dr. Ravi Nanayakkara – Project Director, Early Childhood Development Project with other dignitaries and officials.

On a recent visit to Monaragala on 20th August 2020, the PMU staff visited the site to evaluate the construction works. They found the progress of the building on schedule to the set time line.

This center, like all ECD centers constructed by the ECD project, will provide much needed ECD services to children in the area, part of the ongoing initiative of the ECD Project to enhance equitable access to quality ECD services to all.