Early Childhood Development (ECD) services are weak in Nepal and children are still facing challenges to reach their full potential. Although ECD services are accessible to 83% of children, only 36% of ECD centers have adequate classroom space. In addition, parents and caregivers who are aware of the importance of providing young children nurturing care and protection to reach their developmental potential cannot always provide it, due to financial limitations, illiteracy and limited access to health services.
This Re&Act-UNICEF collaboration builds on an ECD pilot program started in 2016, where UNICEF implemented a parental education package in 500 communities in five Nepalese districts. The aim of the collaboration with Re&Act is to revise and strengthen the existing parental education package, expand the education package to an additional 200 communities, conduct teacher trainings, and mainstream the initiative in the local government system through integrated ECD plans.
To guarantee the sustainability of the project, UNICEF will also make sure that the communities have the capacity to improve the quality of ECD themselves as well as work with their local authorities to support access to quality ECD.
By the end of 2020, it is expected that this project will reach 20,000 children up to age five in the Nepalese districts of Achham, Bajura, Kalikot, Mugu, and Mahottar.
Founded in 1946 and mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF advocates for the protection of children's rights, helps children across the world meet basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Working in 190 countries and territories to translate the commitment to the wellbeing of children into practical action, UNICEF focuses special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.