The Government of Sri Lanka concluded a successful week of Women’s Day Celebration Island wide. The Early Childhood Development Project is honored to have not only have worked with progressive women, but to have supported them in their endeavors within the ECD sector in the past 5 years.

Here we share two stories from the Early Childhood Development Officers of Nuwera Eliya District and Mannar District.

 

Mrs. J. S. Mark - Early Childhood Development Officer in Nanattan Division at Mannar District. She is one of the 439 Master Trainers the ECD Project has trained through its Training of Trainers Programme (Master Trainers) on Early Childhood Development that were conducted island wide.

 

 

“With a special degree in Sociology from the University of Jaffna, I chose the post of Early Child Development Officer because of its importance for the development of a child’s early years and my desire to help develop the future for our Children.

The villages in our Divisional Secretariat are those that were resettled after the civil war. This created the need for development in many areas and those of Early Childhood Sector. Preschools were necessary and demand for these resources were high. We also needed to raise awareness programme about Early Childhood Development.

There was a need to build pre-schools for children in our area and at the same time raise awareness on educating children and making them a better person, physically and mentally, to produce healthy offspring.

The Early Childhood Development Project supported us throughout these years. The training carried out by the Project for preschool teachers helped them to better understand how to raise healthy children.

The ECD Project, initiated island wide, trained all the ECD officers working in the early childhood sector. I too took part in this training program. The training given to us was very helpful in preparing us to train the pre-school teachers in our areas, the parents of the preschool children and all the people who work in connection with these preschools.

The project conducted Parental Awareness programs to the parents of the preschool children on how best to understand the children and for happy family life. These programs from the ECD Project strengthened the sector. The physical development of preschools in the village has grown tremendously since the launch of the Early Childhood Development Project.

The ECD Project provided the preschools with all the facilities required for a pre-school to function properly:

Preschool building repairs

Toilet facility

Water facility

Electrical facility

Appropriate learning materials and play materials as well as furniture for preschool children

 

I’m am happy to say that Early Childhood Development Project has helped 19 pre-schools in our area to better carry out pre-school development work.” 

 

Mrs. K. P. S. Deshani – Early Childhood Development Officer in Ambagamuwa Korale, Nuwera Eliya District. She has taken part in Parental Awareness programs carried out by ECD Project.

 

“The early childhood development is a complete investment for a wonderful future. I believe these few words is an apt description for this complex concept that we call early childhood development.

First and foremost, I am a woman, daughter, wife, mother, friend and a female officer. As a female officer I see that the preschool teachers that work with me are mostly female as well.

Modern women have shown us that the glass ceilings set up by the society for women can be broken and women can reach greater heights.

The Early Childhood Development Project has played a massive role throughout these years in empowering me and the women around me to break these glass ceilings and achieve our career goals.

Through facility improvement grants, training and awareness programs conducted by the ECD Project, emergency relief initiatives for our safety, the ECD project helped improve preschools and developed our knowledge base. I cannot measure the immense support given to us by the ECD Project, it is such a worthy cause.

In the year 2021, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, women around the country are given the opportunity to celebrate all of their achievements fully.

‘Rataki, Dayaki, Lowaki Aya’ ~ She is the country, is the nation, is the world’.”