Gov’t Approves Policy for Early Childhood Development and Learning

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The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development has officially approved the National Early Childhood Development Policy, a crucial step towards prioritizing child care and learning for children aged three to six. This policy aims to provide a strong foundation for young children by addressing their developmental needs and preparing them for primary education.

Betty Amongi, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, highlighted the importance of parental involvement in raising children during her speech today May 15, 2024, at the Protea Hotel in Kampala on the occasion of the International Day for Families. She emphasized that childcare plays an integral role in a nation’s economic development and called upon parents to actively participate in their child’s upbringing.

“At the early formative age of a child, from birth to three years, the government agreed that the responsibility must be left with the parents to guide them on what they need to do, which helps stimulate their growth,” said Minister Amongi.

Encouraging parental responsibility, she urged the government to collaborate with cultural institutions, religious organizations, and communities to raise awareness and ensure that parents fully understand their roles.

Moreover, the new policy will integrate pre-primary education into the regular education system, streamlining it for more comprehensive and consistent guidance. This move will eliminate the need for separate pre-primary classes in government schools and enable a smoother transition for children aged three to six years when they enter primary education.

The implementation of this policy is set to begin immediately under the guidance of the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. With the collective effort of government bodies, communities, and parents, Uganda envisions a brighter future where every child has access to quality care and education during their crucial early years.

The National Early Childhood Development Policy is a testament to the government’s commitment to the holistic development of young children across the country. By investing in early childhood education, Uganda is empowering its future generations with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

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