Readiness to Learn in the Early Years: Learning Lessons for Scale (LEAPS Programme)

The LEAPS programme is a community-based preschool programme designed to address the Sustainable Development Goals' early childhood development and skills targets. LEAPS provides vocational training to Community Youth Leaders to serve as preschool teachers and engages with local communities to stimulate demand for early childhood services.

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SindhDistrict Naushero FerozeRural

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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