The ECD Hub has a strong focus in enhancing child development outcomes for every child, but especially children from marginalized regions.
Over the last few years, we have forged a partnership with the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) to facilitate a mutually beneficial academic, programmatic and research cooperation. FCDC comprises 10 counties across Northern Kenya categorised as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) regions, that are among the most marginalized (Mandera, Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, Lamu, Tana River, West Pokot, Wajir, Garissa, Samburu ). ASALs have some of the highest levels of poverty and record the lowest child development indicators in the country.
Scaling up high quality ECD programmes in the FCDC counties: challenges and opportunities
We held a webinar in partnership with the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) and the United Nations SDG Partnership Platform (UN SDGPP) that brought together Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners, stakeholders and the FCDC leadership. Through the webinar, we sought to engage in a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of ECD in the 10 counties that are part of the FCDC.
Call for applications: Gender and ECD course
The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Workforce Hub hosted by the Institute for Human Development at the Aga Khan University (IHD) announced the call for applications for our Gender and Early Child Development (ECD) course. The Institute offered this training under the “Evidence-Based Policy, Planning, and Development: Supporting Children’s Holistic Development in Marginalized Communities” project funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Aga Khan Foundation USA.
Partnerships towards inclusive Early Childhood Development
The Aga Khan University Institute for Human Development (IHD) is committed to promoting inclusivity in Early Childhood Development (ECD), particularly within the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya. In pursuit of this goal, IHD organized a learning workshop in Isiolo county, targeting CSOs, government officials and other ECD stakeholders.
Aga Khan University Partnership to promote ECD in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
The Institute for Human Development at the Aga Khan University (IHD), in partnership with the Frontier Counties Development Council endeavours to ensure that children in the Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) regions of Kenya have improved quality of life opportunities.
The role of partnerships in promoting early childhood development
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Aga Khan Foundation – supported Madrassah Early Childhood Programme (MECP). On the other hand, the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) engagement in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) arena in East Africa spans back at least a century, with well-baby clinics and educational facilities for the community that then spread across the region.
IHD study reveals risk factors for child development
A recent study by the Aga Khan University Institute for Human Development (IHD), has revealed low promotion of play among surveyed households in the informal settlements of Dagoretti sub-County in Nairobi, Kenya. These statistics are worrying considering the vital role of play in promoting healthy child development.
Aga Khan University urges Policy Makers to invest in Early Childhood Development
The Aga Khan University’s Institute for Human Development, (AKU-IHD), held a policy makers workshop for health and education county directors of various counties constituting the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) consortium’ in Kenya.