AKDN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme started in Egypt in 2005 through the Om Habibeh Foundation, with the Aswan governorate, in the South of the country as its key focal area of operations.
The ECD programme aims at improving the quality of existing early childhood development facilities and services in rural and urban unprivileged communities, and encouraging the establishment of new local ECD units, initiatives and service providers; facilitating accessible and affordable early childhood development support for the parents and children within the communities. Building on AKDN’s global experience in ECD, which has proved the importance of education at the early stages of childhood, the programme focuses on four key areas of interventions: on-the job training and capacity building for local ECD teachers and local governmental ECD education supervisors, facility improvement and upgrading of physical space of existing pre-schools, providing health assessment for children and parenting awareness and coaching. The ECD programme in Egypt has, to date, benefited over 8,000 children, 650 mothers and 500 teachers through its activities. The programme has improved the accessibility rate to safe preschools in Aswan from 22% in 2005 to 56% in 2015.