Dechen Tshomo | Lingzhi
Two Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centres in Lingzhi drungkhag, which have remained closed since opening earlier this year, are likely to open next year.
Education ministry approved the establishment of two ECCD centres at Chaphu and Gongyul in November last year.
A dzongkhag official said that initially the ECCD centres were planned to start by midyear this year.
However, the request to recruit facilitators remained pending with the Royal Civil Service Commission. The centres could not function for lack of facilitators.
The RCSC approved the request to recruit the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) facilitators a few months ago.
The dzongkhag official said the dzongkhag will soon announce the vacancies for the facilitators.
The dzongkhag renovated a community centre with an additional attached toilet in Gongyul and a room attached to the Lingzhi primary school at Chaphu was identified for the centres.
The ECCD centre at Chaphu in Lingzhi was inaugurated on April 25 this year and about 18 children and parents attended the programme.
The parents, who attended the celebration were also educated on the importance and benefits of early child care and development programme.
Located above 4,000 meters above the sea level, Lingzhi is one of the most populated gewog among the three high altitude gewogs in Lingzhi drungkhag. It has 86 households.
The three gewogs in Lingzhi have about 47 eligible children to avail of the ECCD facility. The official said that the people in Soe and Lingzhi in Thimphu are mobile in nature and some of the families are settled in Paro so not all 47 students are expected to avail the service.
“We are expecting at least 30 students to enrol and avail of the service in the two centres in the coming academic year,” the official said.
The ECCD centre at Gangyul and Chaphu were established with financial support from the UNICEF.
According to the annual education statistics 2019, there are about 8,743 students enrolled in 379 ECCD centres across the country with 820 facilitators.