Intergrated Early Childhood Development (Phased Out)

TAHEA Mwanza in partnership with Better Way Foundation (BWF) implemented a project on Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD). The project started in January 2016 and ended up in December 2018, implemented in 4 Wards of Bugogwa, Shibula, Sangabuye and Kayenze in Ilemela Municipality, Mwanza region focusing on 4 thematic areas of Nutrition, Stimulation and Early learning, Health care, Protection and Responsive care. This was a scaling up following the piloted IECD project only in Bugogwa ward from 2013 – 2015.
  • To improve ECD services and primary caregiver practices in Ilemela district resulting in better nutrition, stimulation, health care and protection for young male and female children including children with disabilities
  • To strengthen institutional capacity to advocate 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.

The target beneficiaries for this project is young children from age 0 to 6 years. However, there are age specific categories from this group classified as follow

  • Age 0 to 3 years. On this category we worked with families focusing on interventions which target pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. We also had a program focusing on Care for Child Development (CCD) to support families on responsive care.
  • Age 3-4 years. On this age group we worked with communities for interventions in ECD centres. These are community based Day Care Centres where children are nurtured and prepared for formal learning.
  • Age 4-6 years. We worked with government pre-primary schools to improve learning and prepare children as they transition to class 1. The focus being in building capacity of para professional teachers, improving facilities and enhancing pre primary schools with adequate relevant teaching and learning materials. However, in recent days from 2017 TAHEA has reduced support to pre primary schools and increased focus to CCD and ECD centres.

Tanzania Government is taking over some important responsibilities in pre primary schools including employing trained teachers, improving facilities and curriculum. The 2014 Education and Training Policy has formalized pre primary education as basic and to be provided fee free.

  • Improved ECD services and primary caregiver practices in 4 wards of Ilemela district resulting in better nutrition, stimulation, health care and protection for young male and female children including children with disabilities.
  • 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.