AKU-IHD’s Director Dr Amina Abubakar said the Hub will translate scientific material into practical information which can be used to advance a more holistic model of child development:
“More than 250 million children globally, and especially in low- and middle-income countries like Kenya, are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential due to chronic poverty, [and] lack of access to health care, good nutrition and responsive care. Through this Hub we plan to train the ECD workforce to provide high quality and accessible programmes and services for the most marginalised children.”
The online platform builds on previous work undertaken by AKU-IHD since its inception in 2014 through its Hilton Phase I and II projects, World Bank Early Years Fellowship project and the UNICEF/LEGO Foundation Scaling Up Playful Parenting Project.
The Institute’s studies and interventions have demonstrated how good ECD practices have a lifelong impact on the economic, social and physical well-being of an individual and society. Arif Neky, UN Kenya Adviser on Strategic Partnerships, commended the Aga Khan University on addressing some of the existing gaps around policy transformation across the country.
“Access to technical and professional development courses will enable policymakers and practitioners, frontline workers and many other stakeholders involved in the early days of a child to have a better understanding on the science of early childhood development, particularly those from impoverished and vulnerable communities in Kenya,” he said.
The ECD Workforce Hub can be easily accessed by phone, tablet or computer. Trainings and events will be available on demand to all members. Stakeholders interested in joining the network can do so for free.
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