Establishement of Early Childhood Development Centers in Demir Kapija and Krusevo

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Duration: March 2019 – May 2019
Partner: UNICEF Office in North Macedonia

Main goal of the project:
In North Macedonia, the enrollment of 3-6-year-old children in preschool education is about 39%, which is among the lowest in Europe, and attendance is even lower.
The positive benefits of attending preschool during this period of rapid brain growth in raising children’s academic achievements are crucial. To achieve this priority, it is important to support local communities in the process of opening early childhood development centers (ECD centers) as an alternative form for preschool education in settings where full child care is not necessary, and only early learning and development program is implemented for two to three hours per day.
The main goal of the project is opening ECD centers in Bucin (Krusevo) and Bistrenci (Demir Kapija) that will enable access to preschool education for approximately 60 children which will contribute to increasing the enrollment rate in these two municipalities.

Expected results:
– 2 Early Childhood Development Centers established in Bucin (Krusevo) and Bistrenci (Demir Kapija);
– The ECD Centers are renovated and refurbished and equipped with furniture and didactical materials;
– Pre-school staff and municipality officials trained in quality early childhood education and ensuring sustainability through local partnerships;
– Enabled access to preschool education for approximately 60 children.