More than 200 million children under the age of 5 fail to reach their potential in cognitive development because of poverty, poor health and nutrition, as well as the lack of early stimulation.
Whilst a growing body of research in ECD has proven that 90% of the brain
develops by the time a child is five years old, many governments around the
world are not investing enough to support children at this crucial stage, and girls and boys from the poorest and most marginalised communities are missing out the most. Quality early years care for kids under five should not be a luxury. REWA and LKCT propose a Play and Learn curriculum and structure that would enable mothers in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities to establish Community Initiated Playgroups. These Playgroups will be child-centred, offer developmentally appropriate education and culturally relevant instruction establishing a bridge between children’s community life and formal education.
Our intervention programme aims to empower mothers through short but
adequate training and interventions, to run their own initiatives by giving them a ‘playgroup in a box’. In brief, this box would contain everything a caregiver might need to run her own ECD playgroup after she has attended a training programme with us – a basic curriculum outline, low-cost resource development guide, activity guide, printed story materials and any other resources that are developed through our initiative.