The Project for Quality Improvement of Early Childhood Development (ECD-JICA Project)
Background of the project
This project is based on the activities implemented by the JOCVs (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). JICA has sent more than 70 early childhood development-related volunteers to Egypt for about 20 years, ensuring the importance for young children to learn through play. The volunteers have assisted capacity building of nursery teachers (facilitators) and managers through their activities which include organizing workshops/seminars, and creating teaching materials on early childhood development.
About the project
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed on Feb 7, 2017 between JICA and the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MOSS) to conduct the technical cooperation project, “Project for the Quality Improvement of Early Childhood Development”. The project started in June 2017, and will last until October 2021. It focuses on 10 nurseries in each of the 5 target governorates of Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, Kafr El Sheikh, and Qalyubia. The focused nurseries are run by NGOs, and in need of professional assistance.
Expected outputs of the project
*The capacity of nursery teachers (facilitators) to implement “learning through playing” is developed.
*Monitoring system on nurseries is developed to ensure the quality of nurseries.
*The number of guardians having a favorable view for “learning through playing” is increased.
Plan of the project
In order to achieve the outputs of the project, the following various activities are expected to be implemented: (1) Creating educational materials, (2) Providing trainings for nursery teachers (facilitators) and trainers, (3) Conducting awareness campaigns for guardians, (4) Providing comments on the Nursery Quality Standards, and (5) Providing assistance in developing the Monitoring System on nurseries. Through the project, three batches of staff members of the MOSS (more than 30 members in total) are to travel to Japan to take training courses.
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Closing Ceremony of the first round of training course for nurseries’ facilitators within the framework of JICA’s “Quality Improvement of Early Childhood Development” Project
The closing ceremony for the first round of training course for nurseries’ facilitators within the framework of JICA’s “Quality Improvement of Early Childhood Development” Project, will take place on Oct. 31, 2018 at the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
Egypt-Japan Education Partnership (EJEP) has been established between the Governments of Egypt and Japan to strengthen the capacity of the Egyptian youth by introducing characteristic elements of Japanese education to Egypt in various stages of education with the aim to support achieving prosperity, peace, stability and development in Egypt.
One of EJEP’s main components is the technical cooperation project under the title of “Quality Improvement of Early Childhood Development”, which was conducted after Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity have signed its Memorandum of Understanding on Feb. 7, 2017.
Mr. Tetsuo Kamitani, JICA’s Chief Advisor in the education field, believes that the empowerment of nurseries’ facilitators is the key to success as they don’t only play the role of teaching, but also create a good environment for the children’s daily lives and raise the parents’ awareness of appropriate parenting at home.
Thus, it is necessary to build the capacity of the nurseries’ facilitators, nurseries’ managers and directorates’ staff. Therefore, the project has implemented a training course from January to July 2018 in Cairo and five other targeted governorates including Suez, Ismailia, Port Said, Qaliubiya and Kafr El Sheikh. The training course included 18 subjects related to early childhood that are based on the curriculum delivered at the Faculties of Early Childhood Care and Education in Japan.
The training’s subjects include: Principles of Child Care and Education, Child and Family Welfare, Social Welfare, Consultation and Support, Social Protection, Theories of Nursery Centre Workers, Psychology of Child Care, Health of Children (1- Health of Children; 2- Children’s Diet and Nutrition), Theories of Family Support, Theories of Child Care Curriculum, Overview of Theories of the Content of Child Care, Infant Care, Care for Children with Disabilities, The Content of Social Protection and Expression Skills in Child Care.
The event will be held to hand the Course Completion Certificates to 74 trainees, out of 243 trainees from targeted and non-targeted nurseries as well as directorates’ staff, for their success in completing 15 subjects or more in the training.
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Enriching Child Development Through Play
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