Members of the Consortium

Madrasa Early Childhood Development Programme

The Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Foundation, was established in East Africa in the 1980s to improve access and quality of Early Childhood care and services in marginalized communities on the Coast of Kenya, Zanzibar and Uganda.

MECP works with key ECD stakeholders to deliver Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions for children ages 0-8. MECPs have been working closely with governments to enhance delivery of quality ECD interventions focusing on supporting front-line education and health workers and influencing ECD policy and practice, including quality teacher training. To date, MECP has trained over 8,000 teachers and reached over 1 million children.

Mr. Shafique Ssekalala
Madrasa Early Childhood Development Programme
Program Director, Madrasa Early Childhood Development Programme, Uganda

“The Toolkit will be such an important tool that will help caregivers nurture children in safe environments and free of violence. Specifically, the tool provides opportunities for children to safely pursue and nourish their own spiritual development.”

Mr. Shafique Ssekalala

Mr. Ssekalala has over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development work in both rural and urban communities. He currently leads the Madrasa programme an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation. Over the years, he has contributed to supporting ECD in several Districts in Uganda through capacity building, material development and technical advice to caregivers and Centre Management Committee members, parents, and other stakeholders.

Mr. Ssekalala has served on various ECD committees in Uganda including the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Working Group in the National Ministry of Education in Uganda (MoES), the National Technical Reference Committee of the MoES and more recently on the National Integrated ECD Technical Committee in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in Uganda.

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