Welcome remarks by the ZANEC Board Chairperson, Mr. Henry Kabwe Delivered during the Policy Engagement Breakfast Meeting on Early Childhood Development on 10th June, 2021

Welcome remarks by the ZANEC Board Chairperson, Mr. Henry Kabwe Delivered during the Policy Engagement Breakfast Meeting on Early Childhood Development on 10th June, 2021

The Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of General Education, Mr. Charm Kalimbika the Director, Early Childhood Education – Ministry of General Education

Representative from Ministry of Health

Representative from Ministry of Community Development and Social Services

Representative from Ministry of Youth, Sports and Child Development

Representative from Ministry of Local Government

Civil Society Organisations Present

May I simply say Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my honor and privilege to welcome you distinguished guests to this Policy Engagement Breakfast Meeting on Early Childhood Development.  As ZANEC, we are particularly delighted to have different Government line ministries present that deal with Early Childhood Development components.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Early Childhood Development is key to national development as it is concerned with development of a child’s brain and capacity to integrate well into society in their adulthood. As United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) puts it, Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECDCE) is more than preparation for primary school. It aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. ECCDE has the potential of making our children survive, thrive and become responsible and productive citizens in their adulthood.

Therefore, ZANEC with support from Save the Children as well as in collaboration with stakeholders working in the area of Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECCDE) came up with a Policy Brief highlighting areas that need attention and we have proposed specific actions for government.

Therefore, the objectives of this Meeting are:

  • To present the policy brief detailing the gaps and recommendations addressed to the Ministry of General Education and other line ministries.
  • Receive a response from the Ministry of General Education on the recommendations from the Policy Brief

It is our hope that the action points and way forward from this engagement meeting will indeed be operationalized by all of us gathered here this morning especially the Ministry of General Education who are the key custodians of Early Childhood Education in our Country.

Lastly, Ladies and Gentlemen, ZANEC would also like to take this opportunity to thank Save the Children for the financial support rendered towards this meeting.

 

Thank you and God Bless You

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