Integrated Child Development Program-Shishuder Jonno
The goal of Integrated Child Development Program-Shishuder Jonno project is all children of Meherpur will learn and develop with their full potential. The activities of the project covers entire Meherpur district of which Gangni and Mujibnagar Upazila are under PSKS operation. So, all the children and adolescents aging from 0-19 years in Meherpur district get the holistic support project for their multidimensional development. The support includes Early Childhood Care and Development including Early Stimulation, Basic Education, School Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Community Mobilization. The project also provides support to National Child Taskforce (NCTF) so that they can enhance Child Rights Governance (CRG) to ensure child rights, security & protection. Palashipara Samaj Kallayan Samity (PSKS) becomes a partner of SCI from January 2015 to implement the project in association with Govt.Primary Education and Secondary department, Health, Social Welfare Department and Union Parishad closely to achieve the goal of the project. The program has 5 Strategic objectives which together will achieve the goal through following 9 different areas.
Pregnancy to 3 years aged (Early Stimulation)
About 1,500 fathers of children aging from zero to three years have been clustered in 100 clusters in four unions (Gangni-2 and Mujibnagar-2) to raise awareness among them so that their attitude towards their children take care practising early stimulation activities. They also aware their family members about early stimulation, especially how it develops the brain of children. The awareness messages are also given through Govt. Community Clinics and through Voice Message Broadcast to the father’s mobile number. The objective of this program is to create awareness among fathers about the necessity of early stimulation for development of child brain. Fathers also can take better care of their children in their development. Zero to 3 years of a child is the high time for the development of its brain. the neuron of children's brain develop the most during this period. If the brain of a child does not develop during this period, there is hardly any possibility that s/he grow up with a healthy and normal life. That is why the fathers are brought under this intervention so that they can contribute to proper development of their children.
Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)
In order to make 5+ years’ children ready to primary school, about 3,922 children are attained pre-primary school to develop in a joyful environment with child development materials. No child will behind to attain grade one in primary school aged six (06) to accept formal education without afraid of alphabet knowledge. The development of the children will be at home thus the activity proposed parenting session. About 50% Pre-primary achieved 94% monthly attendance of 178 pre-primary schools in Gangni and Mujibnagar. The objective of this program is to make children prepare for institutional or academic education. Children begin to get education in a joyful environment. They get the concept that school is a place of joy. The traditional fear about school does not form among the preschool children. At the beginning of next year, they will get admission in the primary school in grade one in a joyful ceremony. However, the primary schools are also prepared as suitable for children through another component Basic Education.
Basic Education (BE)
To ensure quality primary education of 6-12 years aged about 42,450 of 215 primary schools’, Shishuder Jonno project supports in Reading & Math skill development, Reading Buddy Mentoring (Mini Library) and functionalization of SMC. Under the program, there is technical support to establish primary schools as models. To create joyful educational environment, the project supports with play materials, function a small library. In 2015 82% attendance was so far achieved by 76.27% primary schools out of 215 and 74% SMC are active. The program has community based 163 Literacy and Numeracy Boost camps where 3,634 children of grade one and two come in weekly session to develop reading and math skill. 82% child attendance target is achieved by average 25% camps. To continue the literacy development at home, there is a monthly parenting session.