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11 volunteers from Jamati cohort graduated | Coastweek

Coastweek-- Graduates seen [from left] are Rehana Devani, Najma Mehr, Nasima Alana, Neelam Velani, Manisha Parbatani, President of The Aga Khan Council for Uganda, Minaz Jamal; President Banu Shaherose Jamal; Vice Chairman of The Regional Committee of Madrasa Early Childhood Programme, Shiraz D. Alibhai; Vice-President Saheba of The Aga Khan Council for Uganda, Naz Jaffer; Aga Khan Education Board Chairperson, Ameena Lalani;  Soniya Jivani, Nilofar Hirani, Kiran Jassani, Shabnam Jiwani.
Ugandan Ismaili Jamati Volunteers
Graduated Through Madrasa ECD

Coastweek-- Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the most important and rapid period of development in a human life.

These years are critical to the complete and healthy cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of child.

Early childhood is a critical stage of development that forms the foundation for children’s future well-being and learning.

Research has shown that half of a person’s intelligence potential is developed by age four and that early childhood interventions can have a lasting effect on intellectual capacity, personality and social behaviour.

(Source: McCain Margaret Norrie & J. Fraser Mustard (1999) Reversing the real brain drain: early years’ study. p.28)

Uganda Ismaili Jamati ECD Centres provide weekly Interventions for children from birth to 5 + years with 9 designated ECD centres all over Uganda.

Interventions are provided in the areas of physical, social-emotional, cognitive, language and spiritual development by ECD trained Volunteer Teachers/ Mothers and Caregivers on weekly basis.

This programme is operated by 100% volunteers.

This training programme has been designed for the Jamat Caregivers undertaking a Child Care certificate course in early childhood as stipulated by the Ministry of Education and Sports caregivers training framework by Madrasa Early Childhood Development Training Institute, in Mengo, Kampala

The training was for six months.

The training involved both input sessions at the Jamat and site based mentoring support visits to be conducted at the ECD centre during children’s sessions.

At the end of the training the caregivers were able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs and apply it to promote children’s social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.

Exhibit knowledge of diversity of families and children and ways of supporting and engaging families to promote children’s learning in varying contexts.

Know and use observation, documentation and other appropriate assessment records, tools and approaches.

Exhibit positive relationships, supportive interactions and responsive teaching when working with all categories of children.

Apply own knowledge and appropriate early learning development standards to: interpret, design, implement and evaluate learning activities using the learning framework for the 3 – 6 year olds.

Demonstrate acceptable code of conduct for ECD professional worker.

Engage in continuous, collaborative and reflective learning and practice.

11 volunteers from Jamati cohort graduated on 8th November 2018 through Madrasa Early Childhood Development Training Institute and will continue to serve Jamati ECD centres.

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