VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY EVALUATION DRAFT REPORT
November 17, 2020 3:53 am
In response to the need for review of Ghana’s Early Childhood Care and Development policy of 2004, Clear outcomes was engaged to conduct an evaluation of the existing policy being the first phase; and make recommendations for its revision in the second phase.
To ensure adequate participation of all relevant stakeholders in this process, the Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection have organized a validation workshop on Tuesday,17th November, 2020 to disseminate the report to National, Regional and District stakeholders and collate their inputs for finalization of the document.
In her welcome address, the Ag Director for the Department of Children, Mrs Florence Ayisi Quartey on behalf of the Chief Director for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Afisah Zakariah said Ghana exhibited commitment towards ensuring the welfare of her youngest population by adopting the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy (2004) ; thus to provide a solid foundation for children aged 0-8 and promote their holistic development.
The policy she said lays emphasis on multi approach to ensure integrated programming for children to develop their full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potentials.
The Ag. Director announced that since the inception of the ECCD Policy in 2004, Ghana has made significant strides in the implementation of ECCD across key sectors. The policy according to Mrs. Florence Ayisi Quartey contributed to improved knowledge on ECCD issues and realization for the need to invest in the policy.
The Ag. Director for the Department of Children commended stakeholders efforts towards ECCD implementation in Ghana. She also thanked UNICEF and Action Aid for their contributions towards the evaluation of the policy.
Madam Felicia Dapaah, the Chief Director for the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council in her statement said the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy requires a well-defined institutional framework in order to translate the goals and objectives into actual programmes.
The ECCD policy programs according to Madam Felicia Dapaah when implemented in an integrated and coordinated manner will ensure the holistic development of the child and provide a strong foundation for Ghana’s resource development.
The Head of the ECCD Secretariat, Madam pearl Peters as part of the workshop gave a presentation on the Draft ECCD Policy Evaluation Report.
The objectives of the workshop was to:
1. Present key findings and recommendations of the evaluation to National, Regional and District ECCD
2. To solicit inputs from National, Regional and District stakeholders for finalization of the document
3. To initiate discussions on emerging issues relating to the evaluation and review of ECCD policy.
It is expected that at the end of the workshop, the draft ECCD Policy Evaluation document would be validated. The following results are also expected from the workshop:
1. National, Regional and District ECCD stakeholders would be well informed about the preliminary findings and recommendations of the evaluation.
2. Stakeholders’ inputs would be collated for incorporation into the draft report.