Community-based child care (CBCC) resource assessment: the case of Zomba District in Malawi




Chibwana, Khama

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Within this study, the aspirations that communities are striving to realise in bettering the outcomes for their children have been explored. Their achievements are extraordinary and remarkable in the face of serious resource limitations. Nevertheless, some room still exists within the reach of communities themselves to improve the current situation of early childhood services. The roles of other early childhood development stakeholders who partner with communities in supporting the community-based child care centres have also been explored. Their greatest impact in infrastructure, play and learning resources is greatly appreciated. However, an apparent lack of need-based and systemic criterion for allocating resources creates serious disproportionate resource distribution among communities. While some limitations are obviously within the ability of communities to manage. some are obviously not. Substantial and systematic resource allocation by the Government, cooperating partners and all stakeholders in early childhood development, local and international if channelled through highly committed members of the communities, has great potential to ensure that children in these communities develop optimally. Greater synergy among all stakeholders that are supporting community-based child care centres in Malawi is therefore an indispensable password to unlocking the many aspirations that communities are striving to achieve through the community-based child care centres.



child care, early childhood education, Malawi, Zomba District