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Investing in the Youngest: ECCD in Emergencies_Hanna Jamal_4.25.13

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Investing in the Youngest: ECCD in Emergencies_Hanna Jamal_4.25.13

  1. 1. Investing in theYoungest:ECCD in EmergenciesHanna Jamal, Plan International USACORE Group Spring MeetingApril 25th, 2013Hanna.Jamal@planusa.org
  2. 2. Plan’s Approach to ECCDPlan’s Approach to ECCD- Rights based, child-centered andcommunity-led- Guided by the FourCornerstones *GlobalConsultative Group onEarly Childhood Careand Development1. Start at thebeginning2. Provide newopportunities fordiscovery andlearning3. Make schools readyfor children4. Address policies onECCD
  3. 3. ECECCCDD• Emphasis on thecare• Strengthencapacity ofparents, othercaregivers andcommunitymembers as theycreate theprotectiveenvironment forchildren.
  4. 4. ECCD in EmergenciesECCD in Emergencies- providesimmediate, lifesaving, multi-sectoral supportfor youngchildren fromconception to 8years.- should besupported by allsectorsChildren in emergencies suffer from extreme neglect,both physically and emotionally.Psychosocial Support is Key!
  5. 5. Advocacy & Program SupportAdvocacy & Program Support• Advocacy report targetinggovernments, donoragencies, and generalpublic• Program guide forimplementing staff• Organized by sector,phase of theemergency, andtarget group• Builds on existingtools and resources
  6. 6. Critical Actions by SectorCritical Actions by Sector
  7. 7. Case Study: NigerCase Study: Niger• Supported formation of mother’sgroups using ‘model mothers’• Supported health workers to carry-out regular monitoring ofchildren’s growth
  8. 8. ECCD Through Different PhasesECCD Through Different PhasesDisaster RiskReduction &Preparedness•Identify suppliers for itemsneeded for young children inemergencies•Stockpile essential medicines,first aid kits, hygiene kits, andECCD materials for play andlearning•Identify safe places in thecommunities for possiblerelocation of ECCD centers, healthposts, preschools, and primaryPromoting resiliencethrough Tales of Disaster(Plan Philippines)
  9. 9. ““The Big Blue Bag”The Big Blue Bag”
  10. 10. Building on Local CapacityBuilding on Local Capacity
  11. 11. Supporting Young Children withSupporting Young Children withDisabilitiesDisabilitiesPreparednessCollect information aboutyoung children withdisabilities in disasterprone areasDevelop contingencyplans with health clinicsand disability serviceprovidersOffer guidance onpreparedness actions toparents and families ofResponseInclude disability questionsin rapid assessmentsInclude young children w/disabilities in communityplay groups & temporarylearning centers;encourage joint activitieswhere all childrenparticipateRecruit extra volunteers &caregivers in areas withhigh numbers of childrenwith disabilitiesRecoveryWork with disabled people’sorganizations, parentgroups, & communityactivists to advocate fordisability to be included ingov’t policiesFacilitate participation ofchildren w/ disabilities andtheir families in activitiessuch as awareness raising,needs assessments, M&E,etcEnsure sustained access toservices for families ofchildren with disabilities
  12. 12. Plan Haiti & PAZAPAPlan Haiti & PAZAPA• Partnership before &after Haiti earthquakeand cholera outbreak• Research onemergencies &children withdisabilities• Situation of childrenwith pre-existingdisabilities notablyabsent from disasterresponse evaluationsin Haiti
  13. 13. SummarySummary• ECCD in emergencies saves lives andfutures!• Protects children from physical,psychological, cognitive and socio-emotional harm• Creates new opportunities for vulnerablegroups i.e girls, children with disabilities• Must be supported by all sectors
  14. 14. Thank YouThank Youhttp://plan-international.org/about-plan/resources/publications/emergencies

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