As per policy of the federal Government, the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Pakistan has constituted a National Task Force (NTF) on Early Childhood Development, with the aim to provide a high level platform for policy/strategy formulation, planning, coordination, sharing of information and monitoring and evaluation of the progress on ECD in Pakistan, under the Vision 2025 agenda. The NTF is comprised of representatives of all the relevant ministries at the national level and departments from provinces, including education, health, Scaling-Up Nutrition, child protection, and representatives of UN agencies. A Technical Committee (TC) under the NTF was formed to work on key thematic areas. The TC is assisted and supported by a dedicated resource person hired by UNICEF. Under the guidance of the Technical Committee, the resource person organized meetings, inviting ECD experts to share their best practices and suggestions, carried out a mapping exercise and situational analysis of ECD in Pakistan, and conducted individual as well as group consultations in all the provinces and areas.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan Alliance for Early Childhood, participated in all these activities from the beginning by invitation and provided evidence-based advocacy and advice to the team to devise policy for ECD from conception to age 8years. Below is an update of the events she attended in March and April 2019.
On March 19th, 2019, CEO PAFEC participated in the Provincial Consultative Workshop on Policy Framework for ECD organized by Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Unit, P&D Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with SUN Secretariat Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and UNICEF. The workshop provided an opportunity to the participants to deliberate upon the various sectoral policies and interventions which directly contribute for promotion of ECD in the country. The participants identified gaps in the existing policies and made recommendations to address the gaps and to develop new multi-sectoral policies and programmes focusing on community and parents to promote holistic ECD from conception to 8 years.