Kampala. President Museveni is today expected to launch the government’s Shs1.2 trillion National Early Childhood Development policy that lays out commitments and guidelines for children’s protection and development.
According to details unveiled at a press conference in Kampala yesterday, the new plan seeks to promote holistic early childhood development through addressing the physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual needs of the child.
Speaking at the Media Centre on the eve of the launch of the policy, Ms Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, said the policy will focus on child development.
“The policy aims at guarding against obstacles to child development in their first one thousand days on earth,” Ms Nakiwala said, adding that government intends to inject Shs1.248 trillion in the policy in the next five years.
Speaking at the same event, Private Sector Foundation Uganda chairman, Mr Patrick Bitature called for more investment in early childhood development.
“Our children must realise their full potential because the first five years of life contribute significantly to a child’s development,” he said.
The policy passed by Cabinet in March brings together the education, health, nutrition, child care and protection, water and sanitation and local government sectors with a major aim of furthering early childhood development.