Understanding ECD quality in Malawi: Reflections on Firelight panel at CIES
Earlier this month, Firelight was honored to facilitate a panel of presentations sharing the first year of our work in Malawi to build the capacity of our partners and improve the quality of early childhood development (ECD) centers they support. This panel was part of the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), held in Atlanta, Georgia, and was organized as part of the Africa Special Interest Group of the CIES. We were thrilled to have a [...] READ MORE
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
Tackling barriers to secondary education using Human-Centered Design
Firelight is working with a small cohort of Malawian partner organizations that interact with communities, students, teachers, local leaders, and government officials. The initiative uses a human-centered design (HCD) method to develop innovative approaches that improve transition, persistence, and exam pass rates for students in community day secondary schools.
As this initiative launched, one lesson became very clear: human-centered design requires a complete shift in thinking about a problem, and this shift takes time. The organizations chosen for this initiative were [...] 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