delegation from Uganda is presently on an official visit to Mauritius from 17th
to 21st June 2014.
The delegation comprises Hon. F. Kabahenda, Hon. J. Kabajo
and Hon. F. Mutyabule, Members of Parliament, Dr Yusuf K. Nsubuga, Director,
Basic Education and senior officials representing the Ministry of Basic
Education and the National Children Council.
This visit is in line with the Ugandan willingness to
explore and find out best practices in Early Childhood Development (ECD) which
is currently being implemented in Mauritius which thus has been identified
precisely because it is recognised both by the Ugandan Authorities as well as
by UNICEF as one of those countries that have advanced quite far in the
provision of ECD services. The delegation thus wishes to learn from the Mauritian
experience and to be enlightened on a number of ECD issues. These include
inter-alia, ECD policies and policy
guidelines as well as such issues inherent to the sector, as its funding
options, public/private partnership and role of the State in supporting Pre-Primary Education.
Mauritius has been chosen by the Association for Development of Education in
Africa to host the Inter Country Quality Node (ICQN)
for Early Childhood Development (ECD), the visit of
the delegation will accordingly provide the opportunity to secure the
collaboration of Uganda in the fulfilment of the ECD-related activities for
The Ugandan delegation will meet with the Senior Officials
of the Ministry, the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reforms
Institutions as well as the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and
Family Welfare. The delegation will also have working sessions at the Early
Childhood Care and Education Authority, Mauritius Institute of Education, the
National Children Council and the National Empowerment Foundation. Visits to
Pre-Primary and Primary Schools have also been programmed.
This visit will further be reinforced at a later stage by
the arrival of the Dr the Hon. Cos Kamanda Bataringaya, Minister of State for
Basic Education of Uganda.
During his visit in
Mauritius, Hon. Dr Cos Kamanda Bataringaya will pay a courtesy call on to the
Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr the Hon Vasant K. Bunwaree who
will share and showcase the Mauritius experience in the development of this
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