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Shallwani, S., Rizvi, Z., & Amin, A. (March, 2009). Pakistan: A collaborative and localized model of early child development programme development and implementation. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Charleston.
Abstract: Pakistan has clearly indicated its commitment to the importance of early child development (ECD) in international agreements and national policy documents. However, access to quality ECD programmes remains dismally low. Since 2002, the Releasing Confidence and Creativity (RCC) programme has been working to improve access to quality ECD programming in Pakistan. The RCC programme, coordinated by the Aga Khan Foundation—Pakistan, is a unique collaboration between several local organizations, including academic and research institutions, teaching and training organizations, and grassroots community-based organizations. This collaboration across organizations and disciplines has been both challenging and rewarding, and has resulted in a dynamic and holistic approach to ECD programme development and implementation. Moreover, the involvement of a wide range of local organizations, each with their own local contexts and areas of expertise, has enabled the evolution of a range of local models of ECD implementation, including: increasing access to and quality of pre-primary classroom learning environments in local schools, community-based nurture centres, parent education through home visiting, integrated community development initiatives, advocacy through print media, and policy dialogue. This paper describes the evolution of the RCC programme, focusing in particular on the lessons learned around collaboration and local ECD programming in Pakistan.