Parwaan’s Work Strategy
Parwaan’s vision is closely linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (goal # 2, 3 and 4) which call for ensuring access to early childhood development, ending all forms of malnutrition, achieving the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age by 2025. These also address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons, safe, nutritious and sufficient food to the infants, neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births which are an important part of Parwaan’s mandate.
1. Consolidation of Support for ECED:
Parwaan will build partnerships with institutions and stakeholders to consolidate support for ECED in order to create an enabling environment for balanced physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of all children in the country. Parwaan will strengthen collaboration and partnership between relevant departments and service providers of ECED and potential donors through formation of joint forums and committees for achieving synergies. Parwaan in all its efforts will involve Parliamentarians, Senators, Provincial legislatures for consolidation of political will and government support and create champions of early childhood education. This would help in promotion of early childhood education at the grass root level.
2. Capacity Building:
The grave challenge to education in Pakistan is lack of skilled teachers to cater to the learning needs of children of earlier grades. The teachers in the public as well as low cost private sector have little knowledge of classroom environment, child psychology, child development and importance of parental involvement in a child’s learning. There is need to build their capabilities in ECE concepts and methodology. Parwaan will enhance knowledge of low cost private school teachers in its network in early childhood education and keep them updated on latest research through SMS alerts and trainings. Professional capacities of teachers of government schools will also be built. Universities will also be targeted for developing and offering training courses for professional development of future teachers and entrepreneurs.
3. Research and Advocacy:
Involving all Media Stakeholders and sharing of Research on Early Childhood Education so that all the stakeholders are in the knowledge of what is happening on the ECED front and to get their support where needed. Parwaan is also creating a repository of research and data on ECED in Pakistan and will facilitate new research studies on this subject.
Through our work we aim to create a National narrative on Early Childhood Education and
Development (ECED) in Pakistan, based on research evidence, and through mobilization of political support and professional development of educators. We hope to yield increased government support and development of professional base for ECED in the country. Collaboration and partnership between stakeholders will be strengthened. These interventions will pave the way and provide impetus to the slow process of promotion and institutionalization of Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) in Pakistan.