CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has directed the Ministry of General Education to develop a multi-sectoral early childhood development policy providing co-ordinated guidance in the implementation of early childhood education.
Mrs Wina has also urged stakeholders and line ministries to adopt a multi-sectoral framework with strong co-ordination at all levels of interaction in provision of childhood education.
She said this yesterday in a speech read for her by Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya during the launch of the Lancet Early Childhood Development (ECD) series.
The launch of the Lancet ECD series was aimed at highlighting the positive impact that ECD has on the survival of children and realisation of their full potential in adulthood.
“Integrated early childhood education programming cuts across health, nutrition, education and other social services that support the holistic development of the child.
“It is in this premise that I urged all line ministries and stakeholders to adopt a multi-sectoral framework with strong co-ordination at all levels,” Mrs Wina said.
And Minister of General Education Dennis Wanchinga said ECD covers health, social and cultural issues which Government will address.
Dr Wanchinga said Government would continue to increase access to early childhood education because it plays a crucial role in promoting good health practices.
And United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) country representative Hamid El-Bashir has urged Government to continue investing in childhood education because evidence shows that for every dollar invested in quality ECD programmes, a return of between US$6 to US$7 is realised.
And in a presentation, Lancet Papers lead author Stephen Lye Lancet said the initiative seeks to look at how best children can have a healthy life by getting an education.