Program Details

What can a volunteer do at these centers? ECD volunteers can assist local teachers in their roles. ECD volunteers can teach children different motor skills and kinesthetic skills. ECD volunteers can play games and rhymes with children.
Location:
Kathmandu, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal
Program Type:
Teach Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Duration:
1-3 months, 4-6 months
Teach Abroad:
Placement
Placement Audience:
0-6 years old, 6-12 years old, 12-15 years old, 15-18 years old

Program Overview

Program Description:
“Learning starts from right at the birth. Child care at the early childhood development (ECD) program fosters a congenial learning environment for the children of 3 to 5 years to develop motor, mental, social and emotional skills.” In Nepal, little effort is made to nurture and develop early childhood from the government and other sector. Childhood is the foundation of children for their development. Realizing the fact, the government has put some efforts. The government has encouraged setting up early childhood development centres (ecd) in the community. Due to scattered and rural village setting, the schools are not easily accessible for small children to go to schools and most children stay at home doing nothing. They do not have any play materials at schools or at home. The Nepal government has encouraged setting early childhood development centres at schools but does not provide required facilities and teachers. The teachers are not trained at the centers. They do not have child friendly classrooms and resources. VIN therefore aims to equip school based early childhood development centres child friendly. We train ECD teachers to make their classes joyful and creative for children. We supply resources for the centres and encourage teachers to collect locally available resources. VIN has also set up a Childhood Development Centre (ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu. We have 16 to 20 children each year; aged between 4-6 have been benefiting from this programme. We were able to construct a 3 room building in partnership with the local community for these kids and equipped with child friendly furniture and the materials. This centre has been implementing in partnership with District Education Office (DEO), the government unit, Panchmane community and VIN. VIN only supports 9 ECDs based on 8 schools and one community based -the centers are in the marginalized communities, shadowed by the development efforts. At least we need 350 US dollars for each centre to be well equipped. Any individual or organization interested to support anyway for this purpose is welcome. VIN is also planning to work for early childhood development programmes in Okhaldhunga in near future.

What can a volunteer do at these centers? ECD volunteers can assist local teachers in their roles. ECD volunteers can teach children different motor skills and kinesthetic skills. ECD volunteers can play games and rhymes with children. ECD volunteers s can provide child care support. ECD volunteers can create resources for the children. Take the children to excursions. Do a variety of other activities. Who can apply? Apply now, Click here Anybody who has strong interest to support children from the most marginalized communities and enjoys working with the kids. If you have been trained in Montessori methods will be an added advantage. Volunteers without skills also can apply since VIN provides essential skills before the placement at the centres. More about ECD Program Aspects of Children’s Rights Addressed: Right to Education, Right to Development & Right to Participation Problems Addressed Teachers not being able to adapt Child Friendly Teaching/Learning Approaches in ECD Classroom, which can impact on the overall development of children in their early years. Related parties (parents and school management) are not aware of early childhood development needs and practices, hence unable to satisfy them.

Objective by 2012 Improved access for all children (3-5 yrs) to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program Improved results of ECD children in school by overall development of motor-neuron, mental, emotional and social skills Expected Result Increased knowledge and behavior change of parents of children aged 3-5 on ECD and hygiene All children of 3 to 5 years of age attended ECD program Strengthened management capacity of Management Committee of ECDs, demonstrating an increased accountability mechanism towards stakeholders Increased knowledge and practical experience of ECD teachers on Child Friendly Teaching & Learning Approaches ECD Curriculum and guidelines for ECD teachers developed and implemented Major Activities: Raising awareness of parents of 3-5 year-olds on developmental needs of children in their early years and practices to address them, achieved through orientation briefings and mass awareness raising campaigns. Supporting school/community based ECDs to strengthen their management and resources for autonomous functioning by 2012. Training of ECD teachers on ECD teaching (basic to advanced level) and development of local materials Training of ECD Management Committees on how to manage ECD centers effectively Designing a standard format of guidelines and ECD activities applicable to all ECDs of Jitpur Phedi, and ensuring its implementation and monitoring its progress Significant Achievements to Date: In 2008, VIN established a community-based ECD Center at Pachmane with the help of the Community and District Education Office. From 2009, VIN started to work with school-based ECD Centers. Four Schools were supported with matching funds (1:2 ratio) to establish ECD Centers with child-friendly seating arrangements and educational and play materials in 2009. The ECD teachers were trained on ECD teaching/learning approaches in the same year by local staff and international volunteers. Matching funds support to establish ECD Centers was extended to two more public schools in 2010. Similarly, the community-based ECD center received support to construct its own building and make their classes more child-friendly. VIN established ECD center has now 3 child friendly rooms. The school-based ECD centers were further strengthened with the supply of more educational and play materials. Many overseas volunteers participated this program and helped local teachers and participant children learn creative activities. Focus for 2011 and 2012: Efforts will be made to form a separate management committee for school-based ECD Centers and give them basic management tools and techniques for effective functioning and sustainability. Far-reaching outreach campaigns will be brought into operation to identify and counsel parents of current and potential ECD Center students on the needs of children in their early years, importance of ECD education and hygiene. A standard format of guidelines and ECD activities will be developed with the participation of ECD teachers, and its effective implementation will be enforced with regular monitoring and periodic meetings with teachers Capacity of ECD teachers will be developed through training, interaction programs and workshops on ECD teaching, development of local materials, effective implementation of ECD guidelines and designed activities. Challenges and Concerns: A major challenge of this project is making the ECD management committee and the teachers more accountable to the children. The effective implementation of ECD guidelines and activities and also the training given to ECD teachers might be especially challenging. This can be overcome with regular monitoring and by motivating the beneficiaries involved, which is a responsibility that largely falls on the part of VIN. If possible, insert the map of Jitpur showing ECDs. If you want to contribute your time and skill by volunteering with children of Nepal in their early years, you can join our volunteer abroad in Nepal program of this project i.e. Child Care: Early Childhood Development and facilitate their overall development of motor, mental, social and emotional skills. Program Availibility: Positions Available
Setting Description:
roject: Child Care: Early Childhood Development Program: Chidren's Development Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided) Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host family in the working community Key Activities: Organizing creative and child friendly activities, teaching, arts, musics Beneficiaries: Children age 3 to 6, local volunteers, teachers, parents, overseas volunteers Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours Required Qualifications and Skills: Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities Program Fees: €240 - €1185 / depending on the length of stay
Cost:
1 week EUR 240.00 2 weeks EUR 315.00 4 weeks EUR 465.00 6 weeks EUR 555.00 8 weeks EUR 645.00 10 weeks EUR 735.00 12 weeks EUR 825.00 14 weeks EUR 915.00

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