VIN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. These
centers work to surround children who belong to marginalized communities, with
a friendly learning environment. You as a volunteer may offer your care and
support for these children by having VIN place you in one of these ECDs.
As a volunteer, your role at the early childhood development centers will be to play games with the children, create
activities that encourage the development of their motor, social, and
kinesthetic skills, assist teachers educate them on various issues such as
basic hygiene and maybe even independently teach the children, giving the local
teachers a chance to observe the way you interact with the kids and possibly
help them learn from that. Being a volunteer at an ECD is a hands-on experience
that is sure to be rewarding.
“After joining VIN, I had the opportunity to participate in different types of training related to ECD. I learned how to develop and use the local materials. Important thing, I learned to teach ECD children to know their feelings” Sarita Aryal, ECD teacher of Pachmane ECD
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:
Child Care: Early Childhood Development
1st and 15th of each month
English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation:
Nepali Standard at host family in the working community
Organizing creative and child friendly activities, teaching, arts, musics
Children age 3 to 6, local volunteers, teachers, parents, overseas volunteers
4 to 5 hours
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities
During my volunteering I worked with 13 children at an ECD centre. I worked from 10-3, six days a week where I taught the children and teachers many different games and nursery rhymes. I provided the children and centre with some new resources also. These resources were mainly alphabet and......
“Learning starts from right at
birth. Child care at the early childhood development (ECD) program fosters a
congenial learning environment for children of 3 to 5 years of age to develop
motor, mental, social and emotional skills.”
In Nepal, little effort is made by the government and various other
sectors, to nurture and promote the overall intellectual and physical
wellbeing of the young. A healthy childhood is the vital foundation of a
functional future working force.
Although the government of Nepal has,
upon several occasions encouraged early childhood development centers (ecd) to be set up in the community, due to
the scattered nature of rural villages, institutions such as local schools,
become near to inaccessible for the local people. As a result, most children
spend their early years at home, without any play material, acquiring no
communicative or social skill. What we hear is “encouragement” from a seemingly
confident government, but what we see is a lack of required facility to put
that encouragement for ideals into effect. While some regions in Nepal may
appear to uphold efficient early childhood development centres (ecd), when
digging beyond that exterior, one can be sure to find unqualified teachers, in
classrooms that are far from child friendly and resourceful.
VIN therefore aims to equip school
based early childhood development centres and for the first time in
Nepal, provide an efficient means of education for the young. We train ECD
teachers to make their classes joyful and creative for children. We supply
resources for the centres and encourage teachers to collect locally available
resources as well.
VIN has also set up a Childhood
Development Centre(ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu.
We already have, on average, 16 to 20 children each year; between 4 to 6 years
of age, benefiting from this program. We were able to construct a 3 room
building in partnership with the local community for these kids and equipped it
with child friendly furniture and materials. This centre has been implemented in
partnership with the District Education Office (DEO), a government unit.
VIN supports 9 ECDs based in 8
schools. These centers have purposefully been based in marginalized communities,
which have often been shadowed during times of development effort. For these
centers to function and become well equipped, VIN needs a fund of at least 350
US dollars for each of them. Any individual or organization that is interested,
may support us in anyway, whether it be through donations or the simple, yet
valuable offer of a helping hand. As we move forward to instill more early
childhood development programs in
areas such as Okhaldhunga, we hope that you will decide, in some form or
another, to be a part of this empowering movement that we call change.
“After VIN’s orientation to the ECD parents, now our ECD kids are being neat & clean and most of the children are taking Tiffin from their own homes” Gopal Gajurel, Principal teacher of Kalikasaran Lower Secondary School
What can a volunteer do at
Assist local teachers in their daily roles.
Teach children different motor skills and kinesthetic
Anybody who has a strong interest in supporting children
from the most marginalized communities and who enjoys working with young ones.
If you have been trained in Montessori methods it will be an added advantage.
Volunteers who may not feel very confident in these areas of expertise should
still apply as VIN provides an orientation for the learning of these various skills
before placement at the centers. More about ECD Program
Aspects of Children’s Rights Addressed:
Right to Education, Right to Development & Right to Participation
Teachers not being able to adopt child friendly
teaching/learning approaches in ECD classrooms, which can negatively
impact the overall development of children in their early years.
Related parties (parents and school management) are not
always aware of early childhood development needs and practices, hence are
unable to satisfy them.
Objective by 2012
Improved access for all children (3-5 yrs) to the Early
Childhood Development (ECD) Program
Improved results of ECD children in school by overall
development of motor-neuron, mental, emotional and social skills.
Increased knowledge and behavior change of parents of
children aged 3-5 on ECD and hygiene.
All children of 3 to 5 years of age attending ECD
Strengthened management capacity of Management
Committee of ECDs, demonstrating an increased accountability mechanism
Increased knowledge and practical experience of ECD
teachers on Child Friendly Teaching & Learning Approaches.
ECD Curriculum and guidelines for ECD teachers
developed and implemented.
Raising awareness of parents of 3-5 year-olds on
developmental needs of children in their early years and practices to
address, achieved through orientation briefings and mass awareness raising
Supporting school/community based ECDs to strengthen
their management and resource-oriented skills for autonomous functioning
Training of ECD teachers on ECD teaching (basic to
advanced level) and development of local materials.
Training of ECD Management Committees on how to manage
ECD centers effectively.
Designing a standard format of guidelines and ECD
activities applicable to all ECDs of Jitpur Phedi, and ensuring its
implementation as well as monitoring its progress,
Significant Achievements to Date:
In 2008, VIN established a community-based ECD Center
at Pachmane with the help of the Community and District Education Office.
From 2009, VIN started to work with school-based ECD
Centers. Four Schools were supported with matching funds (1:2 ratio) to
establish ECD Centers with child-friendly seating arrangements and educational
and play materials. The ECD teachers were trained on ECD teaching/learning
approaches in the same year by local staff and international volunteers.
Matching funds support to establish ECD Centers was
extended to two more public schools in 2010. Similarly, the
community-based ECD center received support to construct its own building
and make their classes more child-friendly. The VIN established ECD center
has now 3 child friendly rooms.
The school-based ECD centers were further strengthened
with the supply of more educational and play materials.
Many overseas volunteers participated in this program
and helped local teachers and participant children learn creative
Focus for 2012 and 2013:
Efforts will be made to form a separate management
committee for school-based ECD Centers and give them basic management
tools and techniques for effective functioning and sustainability.
Far-reaching outreach campaigns will be brought into
operation to identify and counsel parents of current and potential ECD
Center students on the needs of children in their early years, importance
of ECD education and hygiene.
A standard format of guidelines and ECD activities will
be developed with the participation of ECD teachers, and its effective
implementation will be enforced with regular monitoring and periodic
meetings with teachers.
Capacity of ECD teachers will be developed through
training, interaction programs and workshops on ECD teaching, development
of local materials, effective implementation of ECD guidelines and
Challenges and Concerns:
A major challenge of this project is making the ECD management committee and the
teachers more accountable of the children. The effective implementation of ECD
guidelines and activities and also the training given to ECD teachers might be
especially challenging. This can be overcome with regular monitoring and by
motivating the beneficiaries involved, which is a responsibility that largely
falls on the part of VIN.
If possible, insert the map of Jitpur showing ECDs.
If you want to contribute your time and skill by volunteering with children of
Nepal in their early years, you can join our volunteer abroad in Nepal program
of this project i.e. Child Care: Early Childhood Development and
facilitate their overall development of motor, mental, social and emotional
Read what our past volunteers in our ECD program say: