Min­istry looks to ex­pand early child­hood care

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

TO help com­bat mal­nu­tri­tion in chil­dren, the gov­ern­ment will strengthen early child­hood care and devel­op­ment ser­vices. U Aung Kyaw Moe, di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare in the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment told The Myan­mar Times on July 26 that a train­ing pro­gram had been de­vel­oped for that pur­pose.

U Aung Kyaw Moe was ad­dress­ing a workshop on Early Child­hood Care and Devel­op­ment Ser­vices.

The UN and in­ter­na­tional and na­tional NGOs have pro­vided tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance.

“So­cial work or­gan­i­sa­tions will also pro­vide the nec­es­sary ed­u­ca­tional and other sup­port,” he said.

Dr Win Myat Aye, Union min­is­ter for so­cial wel­fare, re­lief and re­set­tle­ment, told par­tic­i­pants that tech­nol­ogy and fi­nanc­ing for pri­vate preschools in vil­lages, train­ing in child­hood care and devel­op­ment, train­ing up­grad­ing cour­ses based on home-based early child­hood care and devel­op­ment in vil­lages have al­ready been im­ple­mented.

Di­rec­tor U Aung Kyaw Moe said the min­istry had sup­ported schemes to im­prove nutri­tion and pro­vide K350 per child at preschools.

“Ma­ter­nal groups have been de­vel­oped in the vil­lages to en­sure bet­ter care and nutri­tion for chil­dren in sur­round­ing vil­lages with a preschool,” he said.

U Aung Kyaw Moe said the min­istry’s ser­vices had pro­vided ef­fec­tive as­sis­tance for the chil­dren, adding, “But we have to im­prove ser­vices fur­ther. There are only about 2000 ma­ter­nal groups, and we have to in­crease the num­ber in vil­lages with­out a pre-school.”

Min­istry of­fi­cials con­duct par­ent ed­u­ca­tion dis­cus­sion pro­grams ev­ery three months by invit­ing par­ents to the pre-schools.

“We dis­cuss how to take care of chil­dren, how chil­dren should de­velop, what nutri­tion is re­quired. Par­ents re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion in chil­dren’s health­care, in wards and vil­lages across the na­tion,” said U Aung Kyaw Moe.

Town­ship med­i­cal of­fi­cers had been work­ing with the health min­istry on ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams to try to re­duce wide­spread child mal­nu­tri­tion, he said, adding, “Our de­part­ment pri­ori­tises child devel­op­ment and pro­tec­tion.”

The min­istry is also con­sid­er­ing es­tab­lish­ing a di­ploma and de­gree in Early Child­hood Care and Devel­op­ment, he added.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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