Expanding ECD services through Community Based Organizations

Having worked directly with communities for a number of years TAHEA Mwanza has realized the importance of empowering community systems to take up initiatives for sustainability. Leveraging local systems allows ownership of the project and empowers communities to be able to continue interventions beyond funding. In realizing this fact TAHEA Mwanza beginning year 2019 with support from Better Way Foundation has been working closely with 5 youth CBOs in Ilemela Municipal for the same purpose. The CBOs are empowered through capacity building sessions with knowledge and skills necessary for them to carry out ECD initiatives in their own communities at very low cost. TAHEA provides mentorships, coaching and opportunities for reflections among the youth, while also linking with other stakeholders like parents and caregivers, local government officials and other community groups.
  • To increase opportunities for age-appropriate play and early learning among young children supported through families and communities.
  • To improve skills and knowledge among caregivers and services providers to support nurturing care to young children for developing to full potential.
  • To increase provision of quality integrated ECD services to young children in families and communities.
  • To increase quality ECD services provision accountability among right holders and office bearers in families and communities.
  • To improve updated information systems that track quality and coverage of ECD interventions at family and community levels.
  • Systems thinking
  • Child centred learning
  • Empowered community groups
  • Adequate nurturing care knowledge and skills among families and communities to adequately support young children to develop to their full potential.
  • Strengthened capacity of TAHEA Mwanza in advocating for the implementation of laws, policies and strategies that reflect the rights of young children, including those with disabilities in Ilemela District and national level.
  • Increased knowledge and skills of youth CBO members in ECD for them to take initiatives in their own communities
  • Increased trust and respect of youths in the intervention communities, they are given opportunities to educate and lead other members as change agents.
  • Increased parents’ participation in the learning of their children through the parents’ partnership programs, which includes sessions on ECD understanding and development of materials.
  • 72% of 772 Children have improved the quality of learning in 12 community based ECD centres, children are enjoying play based learning through the 5 learning corners, have improved their expressive and receptive language, small and large motor skills, are able to play in groups and share play materials, they can classify items, match items and name things around them
  • Increased knowledge and skills of youth CBO members in ECD for them to take initiatives in their own communities
  • Increased trust and respect of youths in the intervention communities, they are given opportunities to educate and lead other members as change agents.
  • Increased parents’ participation in the learning of their children through the parents’ partnership programs, which includes sessions on ECD understanding and development of materials.
  • 72% of 772 Children have improved the quality of learning in 12 community based ECD centres, children are enjoying play based learning through the 5 learning corners, have improved their expressive and receptive language, small and large motor skills, are able to play in groups and share play materials, they can classify items, match items and name things around them

The outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic brought both uncertainties and innovative ideas. To prevent spread some families were inventing simple technologies of settling up running water systems for daily hand washing. When TAHEA team was installing the tippy tap hand washing devices to the targeted 1000 families, it was observed that some families were already installed with the same from their own initiatives using local/home materials. So, the new tippy tap helped them to improve a little bit and continue using.