Chalimbana University

SCHOOL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES


MWINSA G.M

DEAN - SCHOOL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES

Overview

Early Childhood Education is a foundation for future development that provides a child with a strong basis of intelligence, personality, and social behaviour, capacity to learn and nurture oneself as an adult. Over the years, the delivery of ECCDE services in Zambia has remained underdeveloped and uncoordinated; accessibility being at 17.1% and quality of service is still low, learning environment, curriculum and instruction material often inappropriate and limited awareness of the importance of early learning. The Ministry of General Education, therefore, realized the need to develop a standardised programme for Early Childhood Care Development and Education for teachers and other early childhood providers. Hence, in the Zambia Education Sector Plan: National Implementation Framework 2011-2015 III, page 74 (NIF 2011-2015 III), Chalimbana University was mandated to design and implement a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) degree. The programme was developed using experts from various sectors who have a strong interest in early childhood education. In addition, two other Bachelor’s degree programmes are currently being developed to suit the demands and needs of society and the country as a whole.

Aim
The aim of the school is to produce quality early childhood education providers and caregivers with relevant skills to enable them to organize and manage Early Childhood, Care, Development and Education (ECCDE) as well as work on all childhood programmes and activities effectively and efficiently.
 
Community Service
 
The school supports over 13 children from the surrounding villages at the Centre of Excellence. They learn for free, they fed for free and they are provided with uniforms and books and any other requirements for free. The school is also working with communities around Chongwe to support ECE skills on teachers in public schools. One of the projects the school is working on is up skilling teachers in Community Schools in Chongwe which will begin in January. Conducting research in order to inform policy and practice on ECE provision in Schools.
 
Staff
  1. Chipanama Leah (Child Psychology, Teaching Methods and Curriculum Studies).
  2. Musonda Mary Grace Kasungo (Language and Literacy Development).
  3. Mwinsa Mapoma Grant (Foundations of ECE, Social Studies of Childhood, Research Methods and Special Education, 
    Guidance and Counselling in ECE).
  4. Simalimbu Brenda (Health, Nutrition and Childcare, Social Studies of Childhood, Sexuality Education and Research Methods).
  5. Zulu Hildah Nthani (Numeracy and Development)
The School is also serviced by other Schools in areas of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Arts, 
Sociology of Childhood, Administration and Management, and Early Childhood Science among others.

Programmes

  1. Master of Science in Childhood Studies (Multidisciplinary programme)
  2. Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  3. Bachelor of Science in Child Care and Development
  4. Bachelor of Science in Child and Youth Studies

Newly Developed Courses 

The School has developed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education which is running and approved by Higher Education Authority.
We have designed and awaiting implementation in April 2020, a Diploma in ECE.
We have also developed a Master’s degree in ECE that is scheduled to start on 2nd January 2020.
The School also has a number of short courses among them, Mentorship programme, ECE Pedagogy and Managing ECE centres.

Short Courses
  1. Designing quality pre-schools for early learners
  2. Perfecting skills for assistant teachers
  3. Best practices in early childhood education curriculum
  4. Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education
  5. Creating and sustaining a profitable pre-school
  6. Team building in managing a pre-school
  7. Pre-school, a service and a business
Early Childhood Services
Teaching support to teachers at the Demo School.
Research in Early Years and Early Grades as well as Child Development.
Training of highly motivated staff