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ERIC Number: EJ795174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
ECD and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa
Jackson, Lynette; O'Gara, Chloe; Akinware, Margaret; Akomas, Olive; Nyesigomwe, Lydia; Sabaa, Susan
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n3 p81-104 Fall 2004
An unprecedented number of young children in Sub-Saharan Africa are being adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, yet programs specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) from birth to age 8 are rare. This article summarizes the daunting array of challenges facing young OVC in Sub-Saharan Africa, and profiles research and action projects undertaken by four members of the inaugural graduate-level cohort of the ECDVU to promote high-quality developmentally appropriate ECD care for young OVC in their respective countries. The projects underscore the pressing need for community-based, national and international stakeholders to reach beyond the escalating immediate demands for survival-level support for these children--culturally appropriate ECD training and resources for both overburdened extended family and institution-based caregivers of young OVC must also be promoted as essential priorities. Higher levels of physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being and increased lifetime learning and earning are associated with good early childhood care; timely provision of integrated quality ECD training and care is urgently needed if today's young OVC are to mature into productive and contributing members to Sub-Saharan African society in their adult years. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Ghana; Nigeria; Uganda; Zambia