Action Aid Malawi on Wednesday graduated about 150 caregivers from Traditional Authority Dambe in Mchinji in early childhood development (ECD).
ActionAid Malawi programme officer Christopher Chawanda Mwale said the two-week training held at Dowa Dapp Training College sought to ensure that children are taken care of and in the long run, enhance their literacy levels as they start primary school.
“The training targeted 90 females and 60 males This was the arrangement because the role of providing care to children lies in both men and women for proper growth and development,” he said.
Mwale said research has shown that the first eight years of human life are crucial for optimal development because this is the period children develop abilities that lay a foundation for their future.
Mchinji district commissioner Rosemary Nawasha hailed Action Aid Malawi for the training, saying the initiative will increase enrolment of children in ECD centres.
Participants were drilled in various disciplines such as child development, working with children with disabilities, child rights protection, nutrition, food security, hygiene, psychosocial support, development materials and gender mainstreaming in ECD services.
The training was funded by Rodger Federer Foundation.