The government says caregivers working in Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers will be put on the government payroll after Malawi’s economy stabilizes.
Director of Children’s Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, McKnight Kalanda made the remarks on Friday, April 29, 2022 during the graduation ceremony for 50 carers which took place held at the Blantyre Early Childhood Development Training Center.
Kalanda indicated that caregivers are so crucial when it comes to early childhood education and said the training will help them excel in their jurisdictions.
“One of the major issues for carers is to motivate them and training is a way to achieve this, but also through other interventions like the village savings and loans association system and in addition, we look forward to the day when a caregiver would be on the government payroll subject to the recovery of Malawi’s economy as planned by the government,” Kalanda said.
However, the director encouraged all carers in the country to continue their education, saying that only those who hold an MSCE certificate or equivalent will be eligible to be included in the government payroll.
Malawi has over 60,000 caregivers and of the population, only 19,000 are fully trained. The government will train more than 1,000 caregivers across the country this year.
The carers who received certificates are from Mazengera and Chitekwere traditional authorities in Lilongwe and they have been at the training center for two weeks where they have been trained on how they can perfectly provide early childhood education to children in their respective regions.
In an interview after the graduation ceremony, Harold Munthali, World Vision Malawi District Director for Lilongwe, said that they are planning to organize this training to better understand what surrounds education and caregiving. in early childhood.
Munthali said World Vision wants to complement government efforts in promoting education especially at the early childhood stage and further called for concerted efforts saying government alone can never do everything.
“As World Vision, we would like children to enjoy life to the fullest and to achieve this, one of the areas we work on is literacy, but we realize that for children to do well, that know how to read, it all starts with the basics they receive, which is why we have invested in this training where we have trained 50 caregivers.
“We will continue to invest in early childhood development and we also ask that we work together to ensure that we invest together in early childhood development, which is the foundation of educated and productive citizens in the world. future,” Munthali said.