By Patience Lunda
Mzimba North Social Welfare office has disclosed that the district has a shortage of trained Early Childhood Development (ECD) caregivers a situation which is affecting the delivery of quality services.
Out of 3,600 caregivers, only 205 are trained in the district, the office has said.
This was revealed during the graduation ceremony of 20 caregivers that were trained by Luke International in Mzimba District.
In an interview, Mzimba North Senior Assistant Social Welfare Officer, Lickson Ng’ambi said the untrained caregivers do not have enough content apart from singing which is not enough for learners.
Ng’ambi suggested collaboration among stakeholders as the present scenario is also affecting children with disabilities.
“Untrained caregivers do not know what to do and they end up not concentrating on what has to be achieved through ECD hence we are calling upon other stakeholders to come and offer assistance in terms of training the caregivers,” he said.
Speaking after the graduation, Luke International Country Representative, Rebecca Kaunda said one of the organisation’s thematic areas is to improve education for learners hence training the caregivers.
“We have a number of caregivers but only a portion of those are trained which means there is a big gap that has to be filled and we plan to reach out to other areas through the caregivers that we have trained.
At present, Mzimba North has 16, 917 children attending ECD education out of which 92 are children with disabilities.