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Early childhood development training for kindergarten teachers

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Children are the foundation of sustainable development. The early years of life are crucial not only for individual health and physical development, but also for cognitive and social-emotional development.
Early childhood is considered to be the most important phase in life which determines as hugely impacts a person’s future health, well-being, learning ability, and behavior. It is a period of great opportunity. The emotional, social, and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, so as to maximize their future well- being. More recently the Aga Khan Development Network and Ministry of Education in Tajikistan developed early childhood development (ECD) program curricula and ECD centers. Unfortunately, the centers held classes only a few times each week and had limited capacity for student enrollment. Consequently many children were denied access to ECD programs, and those who had access only participated in incomplete programs.
That is why CAIT, contacted the Education Department of Gorno- Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and initiated a new program that would give more children access to quality ECD programs. The governmental kindergarten teachers had been trained many years ago without refresher courses; their resources were outdated; and they had limited access to any new developments in ECD curricula. The Education Department of GBAO supported CAIT, and CAIT implemented the Tajikistan Early Childhood Development Vocational Program, geared toward training GBAO kindergarten teachers in the latest early childhood development methodology.
From 2014 to 2016, all 109 kindergarten teachers from GBAO attended the 12-day training course organized by CAIT and its partners.

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