On October 26, 2023, the Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN) conducted its Annual General Meeting with 47 regular members, 6 strategic members, government representatives, and media personnel in attendance. Key highlights from the meeting include:
TECDEN's significant achievements, including a constitution review and registration in 2023, with a current membership of 86- The network's coordination of the National Multi-Sector Early Childhood Development Programme (NM-ECDP) across 26 regions and Development of a strategic plan and member assessments to enhance capacity building.
Members and invited guests expressed their appreciation for TECDEN's transformation. Notable remarks included Mwita Issaya's praise for the network's nationwide reach and effective government engagement. Juhudi Mbwambo highlighted TECDEN's role as a connector and advocate for Early Childhood Development (ECD), emphasizing collaboration with the government and the availability of opportunities for network development.
Government support, represented by Asha S. Vuai, Deputy Director from the Ministry of Community Development, Genders, Women, and Special Groups, played a crucial role in advancing ECD in Tanzania. TECDEN collaborates with the Ministry in various areas, such as formulating ECD-related policies, disseminating the NM-ECDP across 26 regions, and coordinating non-state actors.
TECDEN serves as the co-chair of the National Secretariat for the NM-ECDP's implementation, reflecting their commitment to providing ECD services and driving positive change.
TECDEN's Executive Director highlighted their achievements, including policy advocacy, coordination of non-state actors, and participation in national and international meetings with influential entities. They also contributed to the capacity-building of members and ECD stakeholders, benefiting 2,896 participants.
In summary, TECDEN's initiatives focus on promoting Early Childhood Development, and their collaboration with stakeholders, both national and international, showcases their dedication to this important cause.