By Sylvester Kumwenda
The World Bank, a principal donor in the Investing in Early Years for Growth and Productivity Project (IEYP), has asked for the sustainability of interventions under the project once the financier stops funding the initiative.
During the meeting at the council chamber, the mission team leader, Chiho Suzuki, said though the project was recording success in the district, funding would come to an end, hence the need to initiate sustainability measures in good time.
“There will be structures which will need to be maintained and supervisions which will need to be conducted amongst other activities. My plea is for the team to strategically think of sustainability measures on this,” she said.
Currently, around 14, 400 children are benefiting from the project in the district under various Community Based Childcare Centres (CBCCs).
According to records from Dowa District Council, the project is recording success as shown by increased enrolment in early childhood development centres and positive caregiver retention. All model centres have also access to interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) and access to boreholes.
Dowa District Commissioner, Stallichi Mwambiwa, said the local council is empowering communities because all centres are owned by them to ensure sustainability of the structures and services provided therein.
During a field visit on the day, Group Village Headman Kazuta in Traditional Authority Msakambewa commended World Bank for the support provided at Chibwata CBCC and other centres.