Early Childhood Development Project, Balochistan
Early Childhood Development Project, Balochistan – Ensuring the Best Start in Life for Children, initiated in 2011 aims to enhance the access, equity and quality of education in early years in three districts (Qilla Saifullah, Quetta and Gwadar) of Balochistan Province. This project is led by Aga Khan Foundation – Pakistan (AKF-P) and is funded by AusAID. Human Development Programme is a technical partner in the project and is assisting in the establishment of a Family Resource Center (FRC) in each district, building the capacity of local NGO partners and development of contextually appropriate awareness and advocacy material. The FRC aims to enhance parenting skills related to child care and nurture, building secure attachments and providing age appropriate stimulation for physical and cognitive development of young children.
Releasing Confidence and Creativity (RCC) Programme
The AKU-HDP designed and implemented a research-based home-visitation Early Childhood Development (ECD) Parenting Programme under Releasing Confidence and Creativity (RCC-ECD) Programme of Aga Khan Foundation from 2005 – 2011 in two provinces of Pakistan, Sindh and Balochistan. The ECD parenting programme was aimed at improving the developmental status of children by enhancing the childcare practices and home environment. . The programme reached almost 2000 families and 4500 children aged 0-8 years in the two districts via 55 Early Child Development Workers (ECDWs). These ECDWs, young women from the local communities, were trained with basic knowledge and skills of ECD and community work and provided a foundation for holistic child development (health, nutrition and psychological needs) for families with young children and pregnant mothers. Over 950 males and females from grassroots to mid-level professionals were trained in ECD under this programme.
Education Development and Improvement Programme (EDIP)
The goal of the EDIP is to contribute to the overall socio-economic development of Gilgit-Baltistan through enhancing access and equity; improving the quality and relevance of education and strengthening the governance and management of education sector. An important guiding principal of EDIP is the commitment to work with diversity and developing an inclusive approach, which includes the poorest and most disadvantaged and those with disabilities. AKU-HDP is a partner organisation of EDIP, HDP undertook a community based disability survey for children 0-15 years in four districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. Specific objectives were to assess the burden of childhood disabilities, to explore perceptions of various stakeholders such as parents, teachers, community members, NGOs etc. regarding disabilities and to identify existing resources/services available for children with disabilities in the community using community mapping. The project duration was 2010 – 2012.