The education, care and development of children in their early years have a lasting impact on a variety of outcomes in the later stages of the child’s life. Furthermore, investments in early childhood education, care and development have large returns in terms of improved health, education and employment outcomes for the economy. CGN-PK has built professional capacities of 1,398 K.G teachers in ICT, Rawalpindi and Karachi District While 47 Care Givers for 40 home based ECE centers in district ICT and District Buner, KPK on techniques and skills required for holistic development of child since 2002. KG teachers were trained in the folowing modules:Learning through Play, Planning Goals for Learning, Hands on Math, Hands on Science, Emergent Literacy, Individualizing, Communicating with Young Children and Integrating Content Area.
Due to our strong ECE base that the Federal Directorate of Education had increased the number of Kindergarten class rooms in schools under its jurisdiction. In 2007 fifteen Kindergarten
classes were initiated in Model colleges as a pilot project. The
number increased up to 200 in both rural and urban sector. We
have built the professional capacities of these KG teachers
through hands on training workshops in line with the new ECE
CGN-PK established 300 School Based ECE centers in Khairpur,
Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Thatta District of Sindh in
2009-2011 with the funding support of UNICEF. The team also
set up 100 ECE Temporary Learning Centers in flood affected
districts of Sindh (Thatta, Dadu, Kamber Shahdadkot and Jaco-
babad for the children of age group 3-5 years. CGN-PK also
olunteer teachers in this regard in 2010. CGN-PK team also
established replicable models of 30 home based ECE centers in
conflict zones in District Buner, KPK with the funding support of
CGN-PK in collaboration with Learning Innovation Division of
HEC organized a series of training workshops on ECE for faculty
members from the IER departments of 16 public universities of
Pakistan. The five training workshops in the series has been
organized at DOW University of Health
Sciences, Karachi; Lahore
University of Health Sciences, Lahore; Frontier Women
University, Peshawar; Fatima Jinnah Women University,
Rawalpindi and University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
CGN-PK is part of core committee formulated by the Directorate
of Staff Development (DSD)
in January 2011 for finalizing the
strategy for scaling up of Early Childhood Education in Punjab.
CGN-PK participated in the National Education Policy Review
(1998-2010) Roundtable on ECE organized by UNESCO in
collaboration with the Ministry of Education in June 2006.
The roundtable was convened to review the Green Paper on ECE
prepared and circulated by the Ministry of Education. The Green
Papers invited feed back of the stake holders to further refine the
scope and its contents in the context of commitment of
Government of Pakistan towards EFA and ECE targets envisaged
in Pakistan‘s National Plan of Action for EFA ( 2001-2015).
CGN-PK participated in a symposium on Early Childhood
Development organized by Agha Khan Foundation in May 2006.
The objective of the symposium was to share ECE initiatives in
Pakistan and to raise awareness of the Early Childhood needs of
CGN-PK conducted Policy Review on Early Childhood Education
in Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Education,
UNICEF and UNESCO in February 2007 - February 2008. Nine
countries of Asia Pacific region took part in the Policy review. The
countries included Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia,
Pakistan, Philippines, China, Bhutan, and Lao PDR. The
objectives of the review were:
- Build national capacities in preparing policies to improve
early childhood education services and provisions;
- Develop a policy knowledge and resource base to function
as reference for policy makers, including justification and
foundation for early childhood education in Pakistan
- Share experiences and perspectives in policy development
and implementation within and among countries on early
childhood education services/provisions.
CGN-PK successfully conducted awareness raising workshops
on Early Childhood Education in Punjab (2005) and KPK (2007).
The conference was attended by Ministers, Senior officials of the
Education Department, officials from Federal Education Ministry,
UNESCO, Nazims, DCOs, EDOs, teachers and heads and Civil
Society Organizations attended these seminars. The objective of
these seminars was to:
- Raise awareness about the need and significance of ECE among decision makers Educational Planners district leader ship and other stake holders
- To mobilize policy level support for the promotion of Early Childhood education in the context of EFA plan of action for Punjab and KPK
CGN-PK also developed a guide for ECE teachers in accordance with the national ECE curriculum in 2007. The guide draws on CGN’s practical experience with implementing child centered practices in more than 700 schools at national level. It offers teachers and administrators the research based content and practical teaching activities necessary to create child centered ECE class rooms in accordance with the national ECEcurriculum.
CGN-PK translated and adapted bestseller publications on child‐centered classrooms in Urdu in 2003 and distributed them among Teachers, Heads, Education Managers and departments. These books are based on extensive international researchundertaken in 35 countries of the world on child centeredinteractive teaching and learning methodologies. These books are a written resource material for earlier grade teachers and practitioners.
The books include:
CGN established five learning Hubs for Learner Centered
Instructions for earlier years in University and colleges of
Education at District Multan and District Islamabad (2009-2010).
CGN-PK trained the 45 faculty members and 9 mentors in these
institutions in child centered teaching practices and mentoring
skills through five trainings. CGN-PK also provided technical back
stopping to faculty members for the effective implementation of
child centered teaching practices.
CGN-PK also conducted survey on “Parents Education about
ECCE” in twelve community learning centers and government
primary schools in collaboration with UNESCO in Sialkot,
Sahiwal, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and Khairpur in January 2011. The
purpose of this survey was to identify the existing parenting
practices and identify the areas in which parents need support
most for child care and development.
Linkages with ECE Networks
CGN-PK is the Country Coordinator of ARNEC (Asia-Pacific Network of Early Childhood). ARNEC is a professional network established to build strong partnerships amongst those who work in the different sectors and disciplines concerned with Early Childhood Development in the Asia-Pacific region.
CGN-PK is a member of European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) a network of professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education andDevelopment. The network brings together early Childhood practitioners researchers’ policy makers and NGO activists from all over Europe and around the world at one place.