Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 3:
Netherlands-based International grant-making organization Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) today signed an MoU with the Odisha government to promote early childhood care and education to the tribal children in the state.
The Hague headquartered organization will invest 1.5 million Euros and work along with the Women and Child Development (WCD) for the next three years (2016-2019) to incorporate best practices from the field-tested model of mother-tongue-based early childhood education in 6681 anganwadi centres serving 2,50,000 children in 12 tribal districts of Odisha.
For this, BvLF will set up a Programme Management Unit (PMU) within WCD, in the Odisha State Child Protection Society (OSCPS) which will implement the program on behalf of WCD.
“We believe our partnership would enable young tribal children to experience a holistic development, with opportunities for stimulation and brain development through better early childhood care and education in their mother tongue” said Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner cum Secretary, Women and Child Development.
The agreement was signed at the state secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, senior officials of the WCD, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Member, House of Lords and other members of Bernard Van Leer Foundation.