Nhaka Foundation and TDH-Germany Partner to Increase Access to Early Childhood Development for young children in rural Zimbabwe.
We are truly excited to be entering into this great partnership with TDH-Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany. The project is designed to develop and systematize effective models of early childhood care and education in rural Zimbabwe. To make this even more exciting, Nhaka Foundation will be collaborating with Wona Sanana a non profit organization based in Maputo, Mozambique who will be implementing a similar project.
Founded in 2008, Nhaka Foundation is a key player in the field of early childhood development in Zimbabwe. In this context, Nhaka Foundation pursues a community-based approach that includes projects in education, health, food security and psychosocial support for children. The work of Nhaka Foundation focuses on children between 0 and 8 years of age and promotes safe and clean ECCE institutions, child-friendly pedagogical models and teacher training, linking this with nutrition programmes and nutrition and hygiene education, access to health care and psychosocial support. Buoyed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in October 2016, Nhaka Foundation works in rural communities on projects designed to increase access to early childhood development for the nation’s littlest and most vulnerable.
The communities of Chitakatira Ward located in the Mutare South District in Manicaland and Budiriro Ward in Seke District in Mashonaland East will be beneficiaries of the projects to be implemented. In Chitakatira Ward, Nhaka Foundation will work directly at the Chitakatira Primary School (310 children between 4 and 5 years and 540 children between 6 and 8 years, a total of 850 children) and with a further 438 children between 0 and 3 years in the immediate neighbourhood who are not yet attending school. In Budiriro Ward, the project will be implemented at Logan Lee School, which does not have its own school building. So far, the children have been taught in a former tobacco barn. The school has 132 children between the ages of 2 and 8 (a total of 238 pupils).
The early childhood period is a critical foundational moment in human development and Nhaka Foundation recognizes that vulnerable children require early childhood development (ECD) services to help them achieve their potential. This early foundation in life, sets them up for a life full of possibilities.
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Team Nhaka Foundation 2019