Fathers in Aswan support their children to attend the ECD voluntary centers

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) voluntary center is a model center designed by UNICEF, funded by H&MF and in partnership with Ministry of Youth.

Nourhan Maayouf
Fathers in Aswan support their children to attend the ECD voluntary centers
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Nourhan Maayouf
15 October 2019

The ECD voluntary center is a model center designed by UNICEF, funded by H&MF and in partnership with Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS). It aims at providing young children with play-based learning opportunities, promoting engagement of youth and local communities in child care. The model is directly aligned with Ministry of Social Solidarity’s (MoSS) national plan for scaling up nurseries, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ vision to transform youth centers into community centers. 

The ECD voluntary centers, established inside youth centers, target children age 2-4 years old, youth volunteers, parents and caregivers in some of the most deprived communities.

The initial target is to establish 25 centers in three governorates; Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan. The centers provide ECD services through a structured play-based program for children aged 2-4 years following MOSS national curriculum, awareness programs for parents and caregivers, and a professional network with surrounding nurseries to enhance peer learning. 

In the photo series, three fathers from Aswan share their motives behind enrolling their children to the ECD voluntary center and how it met their aspirations.

 

Fathers in Aswan support their children to attend the ECD voluntary centers
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Nourhan Maayouf
“I want my son to become educated, unlike me. However I can not afford his tuition fees” said Saied Gaber, father of three-year-old Ibrahim. Saied is a wage worker who doesn’t have a stable income. His son Ibrahim is one of the 10% beneficiaries who were exempted from tuition fees in the center; an initiative supported by Ministry of Youth in partnership with UNICEF to ensure equitable participation of the poorest families with young children.
Fathers in Aswan support their children to attend the ECD voluntary centers
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Nourhan Maayouf
“Me and my wife work. The grandmother lives in another village, so she can not babysit Reem. We can not travel everyday for such a long distance” said Seif El Deen Ali, father of three-year-old Reem who attends the ECD voluntary center in Kom Ombo, Aswan governorate. Enrolling Reem in the center was the perfect solution for working parents. Moreover, the center’s spacious space and various activities were the best to meet Reem’s sociability and energy.

 

 

Fathers in Aswan support their children to attend the ECD voluntary centers

“In Saudi Arabia, where we used to live, we had a lot of green public areas. After coming back to Egypt, we were looking for the same areas for our son to play. We found out about the ECD voluntary center that has a big green area that motivated us to enroll our son” said Ahmed El Amin, the father of Abdelrahman who is enrolled in the ECD voluntary center in Kom Ombo city, Aswan governorate.

“We attended a seminar that informed us about the importance of play-based methodology and how it is the most appropriate for this age” adds El Amin. This methodology is taught to facilitators and youth volunteers by the Central Association for KG Supervisors League (CAKSL) in line with the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s national curriculum for nurseries.