Conference discusses integrated early childhood development

Wednesday, 2018-03-07 18:09:39
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NDO – A conference on integrated early childhood development (IECD) was held in Hanoi, on March 6, with the aim of increasing the National Assembly deputies’ awareness of the importance of IECD and to encourage them to promote IECD in the work of elected bodies.

Delegates at the event noted that IECD is the shared responsibility of parents, caregivers, families and service providers from various sectors of health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, environmental sanitation and hygiene.

Based on such legal documents, the Vietnamese Government is in the process of finalising a national integrated early childhood development scheme (national IECD scheme) for 2018-2025.

The programme will be led by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the leading agency for child issues, in coordination with other ministries and agencies.

It aims to ensure the all-round development of children aged from 0-8 and their equal access to services, thus contributing to national human resource development, said Vu Thi Kim Hoa, deputy head of the Child Department under the MoLISA.

Ngo Thi Minh, Vice Chairwomen of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children, underlined the importance of a national IECD programme.

The effective implementation of the IECD programme will require the strong engagement of elected officials in their oversight function, ensuring the programme is fully financed, well-coordinated and scaled at a national level, she said.

Yoshimi Nishino, Acting Deputy Representative of UNICEF Vietnam, said the National Assembly has a vital role in promoting the nationwide implementation of IECD, bringing together different agencies that play a critical role in the life of a child.

Source: VNA