The period from conception to birth is critical but so are the first few years of life. Evidence from World Bank indicated that the smartest thing a country can ever do is to invest in the early years of its population as this boosts human capital needed for economies to diversify and compete favorably in future. The contribution of early childhood development interventions such as early learning, play therapy among others towards cognitive functioning and social emotional behaviors is uncommon. This relationship is even more important in societies burdened with HIV/AIDS like Uganda, as children are more likely to be exposed to factors (i.e. severe malnutrition, infectious diseases like Tuberculosis and child abuse) that detrimentally impact on their cognitive development and future psychosocial and physical health. Our ECD program aims at building the capacity of the ECD teachers through trainings, onsite mentorships and routine technical coaching.

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With your support, PAWOA will provide iron sheets, mats, stationery, recycle old car tyres and skills in constructing outdoor play equipment from locally available materials to ensure that these children enjoy and benefit from their learning. We aim at elimination of gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations. As PAWOA, we are committed to supporting and upgrading poorly resourced education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive with safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.