ECDC necessary in every tole: Minister Koirala

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Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Asha Koirala has pressed for establishment of Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in every tole (locality) to help increase investment in Early Childhood Development (ECD). 

Speaking at a program organized by Caucus of Parliamentarians for ECD and Seto Gurans National Childhood Service here Wednesday, Koirala spoke of the need to expand the ECDs by determining the parents' role and responsibilities. 

There are a total of 30,338 ECDC being run at community level while 5,645 such centers are being operated by private sector in the country. 

Caucus members including Rukmini Chaudhari, Ofilal Ofeda and Kunti Kumari Shahi and former parliamentarian Sita Poudel, among others stressed the need for the government to clarify which government body is responsibility for ensuring education, nutrition and health to children. 

The new constitution promulgated in September, 2015 incorporates Child Rights as a fundamental right. 

They also emphasized increase in investment for childhood development. 

Educationist Dr Kishore Shrestha, Deputy Director at the Department of Education Hari Khanal and advocate Chandrika Khatiwada, among others who presented papers on various dynamics of early childhood developments were present on the occasion. RSS