Early childhood care and development in Gia Lai Province

Community development Child development Foreign aid New Zealand Vietnam

This project was designed to improve education for children in Gia Lai province, particularly ethnic minority children in disadvantaged areas. The project had four components:

  • Improved education for children aged 0 - 3 years. This included support for parents to deliver early stimulation to their children in the home.
  • Children aged 3 - 5 participating in quality and culturally appropriate early childhood education.
  • Improved transition to primary school for children aged 6 - 8 in ethnic minority areas.
  • Improved and integrated policy environment related to early childhood education.

The project was implemented by the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training and Plan International. Funding was provided by MFAT and Plan Australia. The project was implemented in seven communes across four districts in Gia Lai province. The review evaluated the progress, the management and implementation of the project to date. It also recommended necessary adjustments to achieve its objectives. It focused on the performance, relevance, sustainability and management of the project.

Key findings from the review

Overall the project has led to positive change for children, particularly those aged 0-3.

Teachers and parents/caregivers knowledge and skills significantly improved.

Children from ethnic minorities now have access to culturally-appropriate teaching and resources.

Community trust needs to be secured by completing construction of pre-schools and provision of school equipment.

Obstacles, such as slow implementation and the need for an agreed sustainability plan need to be addressed.

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