The Double Benefits of the Child Development Training Program at Uganda Christian University

Jackline Achan, Uganda Chrisitian University

Uganda’s largest population is made up of young people under the age of 18 years yet majority of them are experiencing poor growth and development under the care of human capital that lacks interest, skills and knowledge to work with children. In this paper I present the double benefits of the child development training program at Uganda Christian University. Based on analysis and reflection of student internship reports, student course assessment reports and classroom experiences, i discuss the benefits of training in ECD to children and to the trainees. The paper concludes that one of the most important investments for African countries such as Uganda is to build capacity of child care workers since it is not only beneficial to the child worker but also to the child. The paper recommends the need for universities and training institutions to seek partnership in providing broad effective quality training for child workers.

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  Presented in Session 128. Early Child Development: Micro and Macro Perspectives