APPCO INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT – ECD:
African Partners for Child Poverty – APPCO ECD interventions focus on early child development to support the healthy growth and development of children under 5 which is seen as the most critical pre-condition for the full realization of their potential during adulthood.
Our intervention approach aims at increasing the number of children with disabilities enrolled in early childhood education. Using evidence-based data will also contribute to increasing the awareness of families, caregivers, decision-makers, and community leaders about inclusive education rights, opportunities, and the importance of school-family collaboration.
Recognizing the Needs for Children with Disabilities in ECD:
While the identification of children with developmental delays or disabilities is critical for the development of policies, strategic planning, and service provision, it is important to acknowledge that children with disabilities rarely think of themselves as disabled. Therefore, working with children with disabilities requires carefully tailored approaches. Labeling a child solely in terms of their health condition should be avoided. They are children first and aspire to participate in normal family and peer-group activities. Our approach intends to raise ECD enrolment, improve psychosocial and cognitive development, and the increasing number of mothers practicing appropriate childcare including nutrition feeding at ECD centers.