June 24, 2022 3:48 pm

Following the successful consultative workshop held on the revised Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) policy framework for stakeholders in the Northern and Middle Zones (Tamale & Kumasi), the Department of Children under MoGCSP held a similar workshop for stakeholders from the Southern sector-Greater, Volta, Eastern, Oti & Central Regions in Accra on Friday 24th June, 2022.

The objective of the workshop was to obtain additional inputs from regional and district level stakeholders which comprised of officers from Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Ghana Health Service, Birth and Death Registry among others into the revised policy.

The Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection began the revision of the policy in 2021 to restore a holistic and coordinated approach to the policy.

Addressing participants on behalf of the Chief Director for MoGCSP, Dr. Afisah Zakariah, the Director for the Department of Children, Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey said it was imperative to have a comprehensive and viable policy in place to advance ECCD implementation to specify national priorities and improve investment and monitoring within the sector.

She added that the new developments in the sector necessitated an operative policy to effectively address current ECCD needs. Hence, the urgency of developing a revised policy which aligns with global and national ECCD priorities.

Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey noted that a highly participatory approach has been adopted for the policy review process and that extensive consultations were being carried out at all levels to obtain varied inputs into the revised policy. She revealed that, a campaign dubbed “I WILL” is scheduled to be launched within the next few months.

“I WILL campaign is an integrated social and behaviour change programme on ECCD that requires mainstreaming into existing programmes for effective implementation”. she noted.

On his part, Mr Terence Beney, a Consultant to the ECCD policy indicated that lack of an effective coordinated implementation among others informed the decision to revise the ECCD policy. He charged participants to come out with strategies to make the policy a holistic one.

Participating MMDAs from the southern sector includes; Accra Metro, Akwapim North, North Tongu, Jasikan and Ekumfi.