About us

What we do

Early Child Development (ECD) Network of Pakistan is a national Network of all ECD stakeholders in Pakistan. The Network aims to support and encourage organizations, agencies and partner institutions to generate their commitment and investment in children’s optimal and holistic development in Pakistan. It has plans to expand the membership and develop short and long term plans of activities for the promotion of holistic ECED policies and practices in the country.

ECD Network of Pakistan has organized regional consultative dialogues among ECED professionals. The Network has developed its vision, mission, goals and objectives for future directions. It has plans to expand and keep the consultative process on-going.

 

Why we do it

We are striving to promote ECD practices in the country with following objectives:

  • To develop understanding amongst all stakeholders/caregivers about concepts of holistic and inclusive ECD practices
  • To help government to realize and define key role of its ministries in promotion of holistic and inclusive development of all children
  • To encourage sharing of best practices and resources and collaborations among ECD stakeholders
  • To collaborate with stakeholders for investments in promotion of ECD services, material development, and thematic research grants
 

ECD Network of Pakistan has organized dialogue meetings in various cities of Pakistan.

The first round of meetings was held in 2013 before formal inception of the Network. Meetings were held in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. Executives from organizations working on Early Childhood Development and Education participated in large numbers. The idea for establishing the Network was discussed and agreed at large.

  • In 2014-15 dialogue meetings were held in Karachi and Quetta.
  • 2016 has been an exciting year so far. There have been many activities:
  • In February ECDNP was invited to a meeting organized by UNICEF in Directorate of Education where a training was being conducted for ECD teachers in the province.
  • A dialogue meeting was held in Karachi in March.
  • A dialogue meeting was held in Hyderabad in June 2016. It was attended by professionals from the ECD and ECE focused areas.

 

Vision

Holistic and inclusive Early Child Development access for every child of Pakistan.

Mission

The ECD Network of Pakistan will advance the cause of inclusive ECD programs in Pakistan that will help raise happy and healthy new generations of Pakistani citizens and promote pluralism and social equity.

Goals

  1. To develop understanding amongst all stakeholders/caregivers about concepts of holistic and inclusive ECD practices
  2. To help government to realize and define key role of its ministries in promotion of holistic and inclusive development of all children
  3. To strengthen sharing of best practices and resources and collaborations among ECD stakeholders
  4. To collaborate with stakeholders for investments in a promotion of ECD services, material development, and thematic research grants.

Objectives

The Network will;

  1. Provide a national forum of networking and collaboration amongst all ECD stakeholders, ministries and departments of provincial and federal governments.
  2. Promote collaboration, generating and sharing of resources, best practices and research work amongst various ECD organizations and individuals.
  3. Contribute in development of ECD policy, curriculum, assessment system and training models (qualifications) across ECD training institutions and organizations in Pakistan.
  4. Collaborate with regional and international ECD networks to bring benefits of regional and international experiences to Pakistan.