Investing in Early Childhood, building Human Capital Along the Life Course: KU-WEE Hub showcases work in regional conference

Investing in Early Childhood, building Human Capital Along the Life Course: KU-WEE Hub showcases work in regional conference

KU-WEE Hub’s Prof. Simon Onywere represented the Hub in the recently-concluded conference on Early Childhood Development (ECD), in Dar es Salam, Tanzania. The Principal Investigator in the study on A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effects of a Pre-school Intervention on Child Learning and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya, exhibited the Hub’s work to the international ECD stakeholders.

Above, Prof. Onywere explains the Hub’s work to Hon. Dr Pius Chaya, a Member of parliament in Tanzania, Below, a poster exhibiting the Hub’s work

The conference included high level ministerial panels and other sessions that deliberated critical childcare and related discourses. Our Study in Tharaka Nithi county seeks to evaluate an innovative approach for childcare provision in rural Kenya that emphasizes child development and economic involvement for women in a cost-effective manner. The project will examine the impact of allowing children to attend preschool from the age of 3 versus the current early childhood development programming in Kenya which focuses on children ages 4 and above. The intervention will provide a new and improved playgroup curriculum that will be tailored to the Kenyan environment and will include coaching for child caretakers. The intervention attempts to improve child development and school readiness for children aged 3 and 4 at the outset and to increase participation in income generating activities among parents of 3-year-olds. The pilot survey and Rapid Needs Assessment findings are available HERE

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