Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

In the 2019-23 strategic plan, Strømme Foundation East Africa took a strategic focus on pre-school and lower primary school (grades 1-3). This is meant to provide a strong foundation for children and prepare them for lifelong learning.

Strømme Foundation East Africa’s approach to Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) is a three-pronged with a focus on the learning environment, teacher skills and community participation in ensuring access to quality education. In order to make sure every child survives and thrives, we continue to support an integrated and holistic approach to child survival, growth, and development.

Self-sustaining, inclusive ECCE centres are supported together with women’s savings groups in poor communities of intervention, alongside government-aided and non-profit community primary schools.

Target groups:

  • Children between the ages of 3 to 6 years 
  • Children in the lower primary transition classes (6 to 8 years).
2019 Tanzania Project trip Tangen High School
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Approaches / Strategies:

The key entry point is through the savings and credit groups who take ownership and ensure future sustainability. The following strategies are employed:

  • Capacity building: For Teachers/Care givers handling children of ages 3 to 8 years.
  • Inclusive Infrastructural Improvements.
  • Parenting Education.
  • Resource mobilization from the savings groups and parents.
  • Governance development of the centers.
  • Early Grade Reading and learning.
  • Alphabet King Methodology-Promoting Technology in Education.
  • Recruit children with disabilities.

Key Activities:

  • Training in soft skills for Caregivers / Teachers.
  • Inclusive Infrastructural improvements and developments of learning centers.
  • Facilitate community led Advocacy for children with disabilities, and government involvement in ECCE and lower primary.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with both public and private sector actors e.g. Agha khan foundation, OASIS, etc.
  • Support the establishment of community libraries to support learning.
  • Support Digitalized Training for Teachers.
  • Facilitate advocacy engagements with key stakeholders to support ECCE.
  • Promote savings among the parents and caregivers/ teachers.

“Teaching is not only a profession but a calling in my life.”

The ECCE teacher Efulansi Mukyala Biwoye is going against all odds to assist vulnerable children continue with learning amidst COVID-19.

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