byJyry Virtanen via web
Children's participation: Girls and boys 0-8 years, including children with disabilities participate in quality, inclusive and holistic ECCD programmes:
Role of fathers, mothers and care-givers: Mothers, fathers and other caregivers take shared responsibility for the parenthood and have improved knowledge, attitude and practices to equitably support holistic care and development of girls and boys
Policy level engagement: Strengthened collaboration with other actors for ECCD policy formulation and implementation
During 2016, the project faced serious challenges due to:
staffing: all the Community Development Facilitators were replaced in late 2015 due to unsatisfactory performance, leading to an interruption in the technical support of the ECCD centers at the beginning of the 2016. In addition, the Project Manager left in May.
a change in strategy in late 2015, to shift the responsibility for the payment of the ECCD facilitators’ incentives from the project to the parents/communities in order to increase community ownership and prepare the centers for the project phase-out, and
the turbulent political situation in the new project area Mogovolas in Nampula province, further delaying the establishment of new centers according to the plan.
Changes in the strategy combined with the lack of technical support due to staff changes resulted in difficulties to maintain the centers operational at community level. When the new team entered the project, they discovered many of the centers closed. A good part of the year the project worked on revitalizing the centers and the related parenting groups, and building community awareness and ownership. By the end of the year, 37 of the 44 old centers were operational, with 7 remaining closed.
There have also been challenges at the level of Plan Mozambique country office, slowing down processes related to project implementation and monitoring. As a result, a restructuring process of the organization, including comprehensive capacity building to all staff, has been started, with strong support from Plan International headquarters and the regional office.
On the other hand, 16 new centers were established, responding to the interest of new communities, making the total number of active centers at year-end 53. The project was approached by these new communities to assist them in starting ECCD activities, and trained the ECCD and parenting facilitators as well as the center management committees, while the community members built the centers out of local materials. Establishment of such a significant number of new centers as result of the communities’ own initiative is a strong sign of increasing awareness of the importance of ECCD in the project area.