ECD Centres - Background

Since 2003 the entire discipline has been referred to as Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Key service components include ECD Centres catering for 3-6-year-olds and Clinics and Daycare Centres2 for 0-2-year-olds. The Ministry of Education provides technical assistance for ECD Centres, while the Ministry of Community Development supports Daycare Centres and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs supports Clinics. But the overall administrative and policy responsibility for IECD lies with the Ministry of Local Governments, which oversees a national multisectoral working group. Early childhood is not part of basic education at the system level, which includes primary and lower secondary education for 7-15- year-olds. Official data are not available, but nearly all early childhood services are private.

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ECD - Kalagi

SGVS have been involved in providing and assisting in the provision of facilities and supplies to the Kalagi ECD, as quite correctly documented in the UNESCO document these services are not funded by the Local Education Authority and therefore the teachers and all involved have to look towards charitable organisations to help.

We have to date helped in many ways to support the advance of these childrens education at such an early age through such simple things as pens and paper, to more indirect methods as supplying an old fashioned treddle sewing machine (as there is no electricity in Kalagi) to help in the making of the children's uniforms.

ECD - Kalagi 'The Roundhut'

This is our next big project and as you can see from the below picture it is in the early stages of construction. With temperatures above Thirty two Celsius on a regular basis you can see why this project is so important for the children and teachers of the ECD in being able to find shade during these hot days.

Not only will it bring much comfort in respect to the heat, but also it will allow the pupils another covered space to be able to learn in. That is why we are determined with your support to be able to finish this project and give them something that will last for a very long time.

The Average Gross National Income per person in the Gambia is 263.00 GBP per year

World bank figures for 2008
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In the Gambia, one of Africa's smallest and poorest countries, poverty is widespread, pervasive and predominantly rural. Half of the people living in rural areas are poor. Such factors as ethnicity or village size seem to be irrelevant to poverty, which is substantially uniform throughout the country, although pockets of deep poverty exist. In them live one third of all of the Gambia's rural poor people.

Rural Poverty Portal
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