Our next phase in early childhood development: diving deeper into quality and expanding to birth-to-3
Studies show early childhood development (ECD) is critical to a child’s ability to succeed in school and has implications on achievement later in life. This is especially true for children who have been affected by poverty, violence, and HIV and AIDS. However, few children have access to quality early childhood services in Africa, especially in rural areas. Today, less than 12% of African children have access to Early Childhood Care and Education Services. Over the last few years, Firelight has [...] READ MORE
Reflections on recent site visits to education partners in Tanzania
Our partners in our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning initiative are implementing a range of innovative approaches to improve children’s early development and learning in Tanzania. Recently, I had the honor of visiting three of these partners, and getting a first-hand look at some of the wonderful work that they are doing.
In Dar-es-Salaam, I spent some time with Organization for Community Development (OCODE). OCODE works with communities and local government to improve the learning environment in early primary, focusing particularly on [...] READ MORE
Strengths and challenges faced by parents of young children in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia
Firelight is working with 18 grassroots organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to strengthen their programs in early childhood development and their organizational management.
Parents and other primary caregivers, and the relationships they establish with their children, are fundamental to children’s lifelong development and well-being. Through Firelight’s Community-Based Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative, our partners in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia are engaging in a range of strategies to support, empower, and build the capacities of parents and primary caregivers to provide [...] READ MORE
On World AIDS Day – The Power of Community Organizations to Change Lives
This World AIDS Day we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of one of our long-term grantees, Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) – a strong, thriving community organization on the front lines of social change for vulnerable children and families in Malawi.
NACC is proof positive that when you enable community organizations to thrive, you enable long-term structural social change.
NACC was established in 1996 in response to the AIDS epidemic in the eastern part of Mangochi district, bordering [...] READ MORE
Community-driven innovations in early learning in Tanzania: Opportunities, lessons, and thoughts for the future
Photo: Children learn through play at an ECD center started by Safina Women’s Association near Morogoro, Tanzania
Firelight has long believed that community organizations are incredibly well placed to understand the needs of their community and what interventions will work best.
That is why, in 2011, Firelight Foundation was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of $1,225,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Early Learning Innovation Fund to support community-based innovative approaches that improve early learning in Tanzania.
As a result [...] READ MORE