Early Childhood Development Volunteers

Published

05/22/2018

Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

P.O.Box 39481, P.O.Box 39481, P.O.Box 39481
10101
Lusaka
Zambia
10101
Zambia

Description

According to the MoE bulletin 2014, only 14.5 % of children in Zambia are able to profit from education at early childhood level. This is because there are relatively few ECD centres. Because of the associated costs, very few poor children enjoy the benefits of education at this level; because of its urban concentration, it reaches very few rural children. The low access to ECD services is explained by a host of factors including the lack of government involvement in service delivery, lack of an ECD policy, inadequate infrastructure for ECD; inadequate ECD financing; inappropriate and uncoordinated curriculum; inadequate monitoring and evaluation; and limited awareness on the importance of early learning, (MoESVT, 2011). In Zambia only a minority children have access to any form of ECD which is a significant factor in primary school retention and achievement. Access to ECD programmes is most common among children from high cost urban areas where 51% of the 3-5year olds attend the programme. Only 3% of children in the rural areas, 12% in low cost households and 22% in the medium cost households attend ECD programmes and yet such children are in dire need to be stimulated because most of their parents might have limited skills required to care and promote the development of their children (UNICEF 2000). An estimate of one to two million disabled people in Zambia is based on a general projection of 10% provided by the WHO (Miller & Ziegler, 2006). According to UNICEF FACT SHEET in Zambia, 591 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births while the infant, neonatal and under-five mortality rates are at 70, 34, and 119 per 1,000 live births, respectively. These mortality rates are unacceptably high. The major causes of child mortality are malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhea, malnutrition, and anaemia. According to UNICEF Zambia is one of 22 African countries with the highest burden of under nutrition in children under five and the prevalence of stunting (low weight for age is 45 percent. Thousands of children and women suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition, including low birth weight, wasting, stunting, underweight, and multiple micronutrient deficiencies such as vitamin A, iron, zinc, and iodine deficiencies. Deficiencies of a single nutrient are uncommon and multiple nutrient deficiencies usually predominate in the same individuals.  CHILDHOPE ZAMBIA is searching for volunteers in ECD who will work with the poor and marginalised households, orphans and vulnerable children, who are hard to reach, children from AIDS-affected families in Africa (sub-shararian Africa) particularly in Zambia. The CHILDHOPE -ZAMBIA volunteers will also work with children with disabilities and pregnant and lactating women to improve early childhood development. Volunteers will support community and center based ECD. Community based early childhood care will support children aged 0-3 years of age, their parents and the caregivers with appropriate care and stimulation interventions while the centre based early childhood development will support children aged 3-8 years, pre-school and primary school teachers, parents and caregivers with appropriate pre-school education encompassing health and nutrition. The CHILDHOPE ZAMBIA volunteers will support pregnant and lactating women with appropriate health and nutrition messages including nutritional supplementary feeding for children with malnutrition. Volunteers will also promote community awareness of the importance of early childhood education, health and nutrition for community members and build the capacities of stakeholders in early childhood care development and education. The CHILDHOPE-ZAMBIA a Non-governmental Organization/Non-profit making organization will require the volunteers to provide children with appropriate care and stimulation interventions, access to early education, nutrition and health care services.  This will provide a window of opportunity to break the vicious intergenerational cycle of poverty and malnutrition and impaired educability for poor families. Volunteers will be required to provide important skills that will help the children to become strong, happy and successful in later life. Volunteers will promote both learning and association skills; enable the children to easily adapt to primary school environment and be able perform very well in school and complete their education on time. The volunteers will benefit community members through awareness by encompassing encouraging healthier practices and care seeking among communities and families towards early childhood care.  Volunteers will be required to educate community members on the benefits of improved self-confidence and better relationship with children. Volunteers will educate community members on the values of ECD which leads to high parental awareness and skills in nurturing and providing social and cognitive development and stimulation. Volunteers will work with councillors, caregivers, pre-school teachers, centre management committees, community members, Ministry of General Education and the Ministry of Health officals by building their capacity to help them acquire and use information relevant to successful implement ECD programs. Volunteers will help community members on how to find better and more efficient ways to access and use knowledge they will acquire to improve nutrition, health care, and education outcomes for the poor and disadvantaged children and women in the target communities. The volunteers will be required to train local members in planning, designing, construction and maintainace of ECD infrastructure. Volunteers are required to commit to increasing community knowledge to respecting and protecting the environment through various means. We are looking for people with the passion and committment towards the work we do. We consider your time valuable no matter how little it may be as this will make an impact to the orphans and other vulnerable children, poor and marginalised, disadvantaged/underprivileged, disabled children and community members orphans and other vulnerable children, poor and marginalised, disadvantaged/underprivileged, disabled children and community members. Without your valuable support, we are unable to function adequately. We welcome partnerships from individuals, the private sector, the church, public and private foundations, NGOs, CSOs, Corporations, students, associations, schools,colleges,universities,retires,couples,the elderly people who have the energy to help, people with from all walks of life who have something to offer. If you are interested to help, email us at: childhopezambia@zambian.com/childhope_project@yahoo.com Landline: +260-211-221658 Mobile: +260-977773243.

                                                                                                        

Remote

Ok

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

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