The Expanding Opportunities for Learning Project (PRODA), together in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education, the Education Above All’s Educate A Child Program, is supporting MENFOP to lay the foundations of the preschool system and the success of children, especially vulnerable children, as they journey through the country’s education system.
The policy focus is on expansion with quality, equity, and a standardized approach across providers. Central pillars include establishing quality standards and a quality assurance mechanism to regulate public and private provision and to track progress.
The revision of the preschool curriculum is accompanied by competency frameworks, training, professional development, and continuous coaching of teachers to ensure that they have the right skills and support to encourage play-based learning.
Provision is targeted at rural areas, refugees, and vulnerable children where the return on investment is highest. Current results demonstrate the unprecedented development of the preschool system, notably a doubling in enrollment since 2016, although this rate is still low at 13.6%.
There was also a rapid expansion of the preschool workforce, expanding by 50% in 2023, and the construction and equipment of over 30 additional preschool classrooms, which facilitated the enrollment of over 800 children.
MENFOP’s investment in the groundwork for a quality preschool system is an investment in Djibouti’s human capital, as it will result in the improvement of the academic and socio-economic future of its young people.
Partnership with the Government, development partners, private sector, and civil society will be pivotal to shift the needle so that not just some, but all young children have the opportunity to attend preschool in 2030.
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