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  • Veva (left) has worked as a childminder for 16 years, and since 2009 has been receiving training and supervision by the ECD staff at Olivais, an early childhood centre in Greater Lisbon, operated by the Aga Khan Foundation. She is shown here playing with children.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Through a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, and in partnership with the Childhood Association based at the University of Minho, AKF is managing a government early childhood centre near downtown Lisbon.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Through a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, and in partnership with the Childhood Association based at the University of Minho, AKF is managing a government early childhood centre near downtown Lisbon.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Through a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, and in partnership with the Childhood Association based at the University of Minho, AKF is managing a government early childhood centre near downtown Lisbon.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • The Olivais Centre in Greater Lisbon is a reference point for quality Early Childhood Development services in Portugal.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Education and Development Programme (ECD) values the early years of life and focuses on the quality of learning to strengthen and build systems/institutions that invest in the development of children, families and professionals.

The Early Childhood Education and Development Programme (ECD) values the early years of life and focuses on the quality of learning to strengthen and build systems/institutions that invest in the development of children, families and professionals.

The ECD Centre Olivais Sul is an implementing unit that started by investing locally in ECD in the early 1980’s, undertaking hands-on research to develop a child-centre learning model that would transform the pre-school experience by valuing participatory pedagogies.  The Pedagogy-in-Participation model was developed in partnership with the Childhood Association since the early 1990’s and used in various contexts of Greater Lisbon which led to the invitation of the Government - Institute of Social Security (ISS) - to manage one of their ECD centres. In 2009 the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) took over the management of the ECD Centre Olivais Sul, in Lisbon, with crèche and pre-school facilities.

The Centre has become a living laboratory for learning and knowledge sharing that inspires others, with national spin-off programmes like the Childminders Training, the Family Literacy Programme and the Intercultural School Network, this latter in partnership with the High Commission for Migration, putting all of AKF core principles into practice.  It fosters teacher capacity building and professional development through in-service training but also post-graduate training.

In terms of results ECD and education programmes have reached 94,800 people, involving more than 935 schools.

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Interventions:

  • Early Childhood Centre at Olivais Sul

AKF has been managing the Early Childhood Centre at Olivais Sul since 2009, per request of the Government - Institute of Social Security. The Centre has become a living laboratory for learning and knowledge sharing that inspires others, with national spin-off programmes.

  • Childminder and other Caregivers

Since September 2009, the Aga Khan Portugal Foundation has been developing a training and research program entitled "Building participatory pedagogies in the family day care centre" at the Centro Olivais Sul (CIOS). This action research project focused on the adaptation and experimentation of a participatory educational approach to family day care through supervision / follow-up and training, aiming at providing an integrated quality service. The development of the training and research-action program resulted in the construction of various materials and resources. This praxiological knowledge, coupled with recent studies on early childhood development, allowed the creation of the Training Course for Mothers and Other Caregivers of Small Children, presenting as a training with a holistic view of the dimensions of education and care in childhood, and based on a socioconstructivist perspective.

Download (Portuguese): Publication Guide to Childminders and other Caregivers

  • Parenting

Gerar.Te is a Parental Education Program of the Aga Khan Foundation Portugal, for pregnant women and couples awaiting the birth of a baby, or parents of new-borns. It is a unique initiative in Portugal that accompanies pregnancy and the transition to parenthood ensuring good life starts and development opportunities based on family relationships.

  • Integration of Services
     
  • Literacy: reading and writing

The Family Literacy Programme seeks to foster family literacy practices and reinforce parental skills through a playful and non-formal approach. The Program seeks to involve pre-school children and their families in an environment of pleasure and sharing of readings and games that are enthusiastic for reading and writing. It is organized by the Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with public libraries, the Network of School Libraries and local associations based on stories and history, launching exploration proposals that parents and children can carry out in their daily

Education for diversity and intercultural education is an important and integrated component.  By working with 9 affiliate early childhood centers and supporting the Childhood Association to deliver a Masters in Early Childhood Development at the Catholic University in Lisbon, AKF is promoting the dissemination of the pedagogy to other education centers.  In addition to the center based programme, AKF develops, tests and evaluates early childhood interventions in other settings, for example reading for children based in libraries, supporting parenting skills from pregnancy to the first year in health care centers and developing early years professionals skills to support pluralism in early years centers.  The AKF office in Lisbon also undertakes interventions in early years to improve the quality of life for immigrant communities in Norway and Germany.


Veva, a childminder in Portugal, is shown here playing with the children in her care applying what she has learnt during AKF training.
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AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura