There is an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre for Ngawang Dramtoe village in Tading gewog, Samtse. The centre opened two years ago.
The Doya community of Dramtoe has about 40 children eligible to attend ECCD. But nothing happens there.
The children of the community so, as old as six, stay at home.
Dorji Doya, 36, said that being close to the centre, he would benefit.“But I don’t understand why it is taking this long time.”
His three-year-old son is loitering around all day.
Down the slope, Rinchen Om and Unzom have problem of their own with their children.
“The centre is dead because there is no teacher,” Rinchen Om said.
Rinchen Om is among the few who understands the situation. No one wants to come to teach or facilitate in a place as remote as Ngawang Dramtoe.
“Gewog office says there is no facilitator,” she said. “It is hard to believe hundreds of Class X and Class XII graduates are looking for job.”
Kachula has a daughter who is six, old enough to go to school. But she stays at home.
The ECCD is not serving any purpose, he said. “It was constructed for our children in the village. I don’t understand why it is taking this long.”
UNICEF supported the construction of the ECCD with Nu 945,000 and was implemented by Tarayana Foundation. The contract was awarded to the community.
Tading Gup Jagat Bahadur Ghalley said that the gewog did not have the authority to recruit a facilitator. “We have written to the education office in Samtse.”
The dzongkhag administration of has not heard from the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).
Khempagaon ECCD, constructed around the same time, has an ECCD facilitator.
The district education officer (DEO), Karma Sonam Chophel, said recruitment of facilitators could be done only with the approval of RCSC. “There has not been approval for additional facilitators since 2017.”
In Samtse, there are five ECCD centres, including Ngawang Dramtoe, without ECCD facilitator.
Rajesh Rai | Tading