World Vision Malawi has trained 48 caregivers for Neno to be dispatched in various early childhood centres (ECDs) in the district.
Speaking at the end of a two-weeks training at Ndirande ECD in Blantyre on Friday, World Vision Malawi project development officer for Neno, Clement Kachingwe, said it was pleasing that the 48 caregivers would now serve their communities better.
“These 48 caregivers have learned how to effectively teach children. We hope that they will use these skills to enhance early childhood education in their communities,” he said.
Kachingwe also said as World Vision, their aim is to help impart skills and knowledge to the teachers to complement government’s efforts to reach out to many children of pre-school age.
In an interview, executive director for Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi, Archie Malisita, said it was commendable for World Vision Malawi to train caregivers because the country has few trained ECD teachers.
“We have about 4.5 million children who require ECD services. But out of them, we are only reaching out to 45 percent, meaning that a large group is deprived of the right to ECD.
“So, this is commendable for such organisations to come and assist government,” he said.
One of the caregivers, Joyce Mangulama, said she was excited to acquire the skills and that her work will now be easier.
“I did not know that I will learn many things here during the two weeks. Now I have more knowledge to handle children than before. I will ensure this training is also spread to other districts,” she said.