Date: 07-01-2020

Comenius Foundation for Child Development Shares Replication Methodology with ISSA Network

Established in 2003 by a group of psychologists, pedagogues and community workers, NGO Comenius Foundation for Child Development (Comenius Foundation) inspires adults to create environments in which all young children can develop, explore and use their potential. The organization provides equal opportunities for children that help them to become open-minded individuals. To implement that, Comenius Foundation has innovative systemic and legal arrangements and a wide variety of effective childcare projects.

Comenius Foundation is mostly focused on the wellbeing of children from rural areas and small towns, children from economically and culturally neglected communities. Foundation’s activities are targeted towards non-governmental organizations, representatives of local governments, parents, teachers, librarians, animators, and children directly. On the national level, Comenius Foundation promotes the educational needs of young children through publishing, preparing reports, conducting research, organizing conferences. On the local level, the organization provides training, projects, and consultations to rural municipalities and non-governmental organizations to help them introduce developmental and educational services for young children which equalize their life chances.

Comenius Foundation would like to share with ISSA network their experiences in replication on playgroups projects to the other countries. The replication methodology can be used in disseminating other programs as well. Playgroup project offers meetings for young children and their parents or caregivers under the guidance of an animator. A playgroup makes it possible for adults to accompany their children in the classroom, contributing to the children’s sense of wellbeing, helping parents to enhance their parenting skills and strengthening parent-child relationships. Playgroups Plus project helps young unemployed mothers with the job search.

“I am very thankful for the playgroups that have been set up for our children, where they can feel at ease,” says Jumagul from Tajikistan – a mother of Mehron, a girl with right-sided paresis.Children learn and play together. During breaks, they wash their hands, eat fruit or have tea with biscuits. Each child has their own towel. After these meetings, at home, Mehron acts independent and helps to set the table, bringing spoons, tea dishes, and towels. I am very glad that my daughter is assisting me.”

Playgroups Plus was a pilot project. Now Comenius Foundation would like to scale it up to check if it has the potential to enhance young mothers to plan their professional careers in the area of Early Childhood Education and Care services. If some ISSA members have knowledge of this area – Comenius Foundation would love to hear from them.