Scaling up quality early childhood interventions is often challenged by poor supply, inadequate cross-sector coordination, low demand, and weak quality and monitoring of services.
In partnership with the National Commission for Human Development, Government of Pakistan, the Aga Khan University has piloted an early childhood care and education programme in rural Sindh that is championed by Community Youth Leaders (CYLs). The LEAPS Programme consists of two main activities:
1. Vocational training: Training CYLs to serve as preschool teachers and address the lack of human resources in the education sector. CYLs then run community preschools for children aged 3-6 years.
2. Community engagement: CYLs coordinate local community engagement activities to address bottlenecks to scale. In particular, the programme works to create local demand by organizing Village Action Groups, newsletters, and town hall meetings, and promote effective coordination of services by facilitating meetings of service providers.
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CEI approaches in actionSchool supportTeacher trainingSchool leader trainingStudent supportEarly Childhood Development
Model details2014Not-for-profitVocational/technical skillsActivePilotFree service or productDistict Naushero FerozeNational Commission for Human Development (NCHD)Government of PakistanYale University23756%44%
Scale1010 Community Youth Leaders (CYLs) have been trained and are delivering preschool services99 centers have been opened and run up to 2 classes a dayJanuary, 2015
The project is a pilot to inform replication and scale-up. Endline data will be collected in September 2016 and both outcome and implementation data will then inform the scale-up planning.
Plans for scale-up will be developed based on learning from the pilot and in partnership with the National Commission for Human Development, Government of Pakistan.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The pilot programme will be evaluated by a cluster randomized controlled efficacy trial. The primary outcome will be children’s school readiness. Additionally, an implementation evaluation is also being conducted. The expected outcomes from this pilot phase are a model for quality preschool education and shared learning for demand-side actions to support scale-up across a broad range of early childhood interventions.No