It’s been one year since Wandago Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD Centre) opened. Since then huge progress has been made and the 75 children who attend the ECD Centre are benefitting significantly from their education and achieving increasingly impressive results.
The children are now clean and have learnt how to use the new latrine and toilet paper, and how to wash their hands afterwards.
Regular health screenings, deworming, immunisations and the provision of nutritious meals has had a positive impact on the physical health of the children, while the “love and care” given to them and “the right to play at school” (Winnie Biira, CEO of COTE Africa) has improved their overall well-being.
Violence among children and swearing have been tackled successfully but it took two full terms of working with the children, parents and the wider community for this to happen. Two children, who have now graduated to state primary school, remained violent despite interventions with their parents, so will continue to receive follow-up care from our programme staff.
When the centre first opened pupil attendance was patchy, but over the months it has improved due to community awareness on the importance of education. Our social worker Babra found that two children in Wandago had dropped out of school and were staying at home. She spoke to the parents about the importance of ECD and asked them to take the children to the centre. They have now resumed attending every day.
At the end of the academic year, 22 children graduated from Top class to go onto state primary school. To celebrate there was a presentation and meal at the ECD Centre, where the children were given certificates and there were speeches and performances from the Wandago Child’s Rights Club.
However, he was transferred to another local school when his parents relocated to another community. Sadly, within one term, Mukisa could no longer read or write a single word - not even his name. His mother asked the teachers at Wandago ECD to re-admit him to the Centre. As she couldn’t afford transport to Wandago, Mukisa’s grandparents stepped in and made sure he could attend. Mukisa has settled back in well and can now read and write ably. His mother is very happy with how he is progressing and he has also discovered a love for creative activities like dance and drama.