- Rural areas to get more early childhood development centres
- Distribution of ECD centres highly driven by income levels – UNICEF
- Central region tops in number of ECD centres while the north trails
As part of the national Early Childhood Development campaign to encourage proper and all-round upbringing of children from conception to 8-years old, we shall be bringing you fact files and feature stories in that regard. And here is the fact file for today.
Government says it will prioritise rural areas while implementing the National Integrated early Childhood Development Policy. The Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi says rural areas will be availed more early childhood development centres.
According to UNICEF, areas whose population earns a high income tend to attract more Early Childhood Development centres, under the assumption that the parents and guardians will afford fees for early formal learning.
A regional analysis shows that the central region has the highest number of ECD centres at 2,000 followed by the eastern and western region with at least 1,000 centres, while the northern region ranks poorest with only 831 centres.