Opening doors for the next generation

Recent Work of Institute of Child and Human Development (ICHD) and Research Team members.

ICHD has been working with various stakeholders in Bangladesh and beyond including Directorate of Primary Education, UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children etc. on various national level policy issues. Some of the key projects highlights are:

  • Desk Review Study of Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood on Transition from Home to ECCE Program. September 2012 for the Asian Regional Network on Early childhood Development (ARNEC). About 50 documents have been reviewed of academic research, policy papers, documents and reports, links and data on program and practices. Categorization and analysis of the relevant data and their synthesis and interpretation regarding the phenomenon of transition of children leading to new personal and social situations for them were our focus.
  • Mapping on Pre-Primary Education in Bangladesh, September, 2012, commissioned by DPE and UNICEF.. Secondary available data were analyzed and reviewed. Based on data collected from Bangladesh Population & Housing Census 2011 of BBS, DPE administrative data 2012 and data provided by major NGO actors and ELCDP in pre-primary education.
  • Contributed as Knowledge partner of the University of Sussex in "Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable: Pre-Primary Education in Bangladesh" University of Sussex in July, 2012
  • Worked with Save the Children on "Building Institutional Capacity for Kindergarten (KG) in promoting Early Childhood Development and Pre-Primary Education." From March to May, 2013. The project was a pilot testing of the hypothesis that private KGs are operating with poor curriculum, untrained teachers, and very poor infrastructure with limited access to learning resources. To understand the needs of the kindergartens we have conducted a survey on 62 KGs in Mirpur area of Dhaka city and organized consultation workshops with principals and teachers of 50 KGs. Finally 37 Principals and 44 teachers received training on Child Development.
  • The post -2015 MDG and EFA Agenda and the National Planning Goals and Targets – A Case study of the situation in Bangladesh (May 2013), prepared for the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies, Geneva and Swiss Development Corporation. (Manzoor Ahmed, principal researcher). It has been published in its occasional paper series by NORRAG.
  • A case study of Bangladesh- in-depth understanding of successful and innovative initiatives that is critical in EFA acceleration in the region. The aim is to identify one or more initiatives which best illustrate innovative and creative contribution to EFA progress and would provide lessons for further acceleration of EFA in the case study country and in the region from June to November, 2013, commiddionrd by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional office. The case study examined the experience of introducing the one-year pre-primary education and School Level Improvement Plan (SLIP) as promising EFA initiatives.
  • EFA 2015 national review study-The review, undertaken on behalf og the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, documents progress achieved towards the EFA goals, experiences in implementing the EFA strategies, lessons learnt, emerging issues and challenges, innovative/good practices, with the aim of intensifying efforts to overcome the EFA shortfalls and constraints. The review will also inform public debates and discourse on the future education agenda for the post-2015 era. Assigned by UNESCO Bangladesh Office in concurrence with the Ministry of primary and Mass Education, to be carried out from December, 2013 to June 2014.ICHD has provided logistical and technical support to the national study team for conducting there view.
  • Knowledge partner of D-net --ICHD has provided technical support to D-net's Aponjon extension project for developing the audio messages on Early Childhood Care and Development issues from mid January to mid of May, 2014. Some 1,050 messages have been developed on Health Nutrition and Early Stimulation, Responsive Parenting Education and Family Education. The messages are designed to be widely and systematically disseminated through a mobile phone platform.
  • Since 2013, ICHD has been offering short one-week long course on "How Children Learn" - a 42 hours face to face course on Child Development for frontline and mid-level staffs of Government and Non-Government organizations, University degree holders, program managers, planners and trainers, curriculum and material developers, researchers and evaluation specialists. Personnel from government agencies as well as national and international NGOs engaged in ECD in Bangladesh have taken advantage of the professional upgrading course.