Innovation in the Kachi (December 2006)
Innovation in the Kachi is one of the first long-term studies of the benefits of Early Childhood Education in the Pakistani context. There is no shortage of studies on ECE in Western or developed nations, but demonstrating the effects of quality ECE to policy makers has always been a challenge in Pakistan. Innovation in the Kachi describes the entirety of TRC’s six-year (1998- 2004) Early Childhood Education Project (ECEP), in which we worked directly with government schools. Over the course of the project, we were able to follow-up with children as they progressed through subsequent grades. Our research has undergone a comprehensive process of data-analysis, performed with the assistance of our linkage-partners at Ryerson University in Toronto, and examines pupil’s progress in academic areas, retention rates, social skills and the transition to primary school. The results are encouraging, and show that the ECEP made a real impact on the language and cognitive development of children. The teaching and professional attitude of the teachers improved, and the support for child-centred, active learning greatly increased. Above all, the confidence, spontaneity and enthusiasm displayed by the children were a testament to the success of the programme. Hopefully, Innovation in the Kachi will prove invaluable to our future efforts in policy dialogue.
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