Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors (ZINECDA) is a national umbrella of Early Childhood Development Organizations working in partnership to influence policies, programs and practice related to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by sharing information on experiences and generating knowledge and understanding of ECD.The Network was formed so as to bring together players and actors in Early Childhood Development in Zimbabwe. For a long time decisions on ECD were carried out centrally leaving out other players in different provinces of the country. The formation of ZINECDA came at a pivotal moment as most marginalized areas and organizations can now be part of a vibrant network that gives them equal participation in ECD at a provincial level.
Currently ZINECDA has presence in all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe with an elected committee coordinating ECD activities. Quarterly meetings are held to share information, develop strategies, network and identify critical ECD issues for advocacy.
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CEI approaches in action
ZINECDA was formed in 2012 to be a network of ECD actors and to create a platform in which all issues affecting early learning are addressed. ZINECDA was borne out of the fact that Zimbabwe had no standardization of services, infrastructure and other facilities for children to enjoy. The formation of a network to champion the needs of small actors in early childhood programming started as an idea held by the Nhaka Foundation. In sharing this idea with other partners working in ECD it was agreed that a platform be set that would engage all actors working in Zimbabwe. A partnership agreement to form the network was then drawn up and signatories to this agreement are Nhaka Foundation, Child Protection Society, Child resource Institute of Zimbabwe and J.F Kapnek Trust. The network has to date grown from the original 4 organizations to 150 organizations across 10 provincial chapters established to champion ZINECDA objectives at grassroot level. Within these chapters, information sharing, collaboration and coordination are encouraged. As of late, ZINECDA has also started to engage International partners so as to spread the mission across other borders.
The program plans on scaling up, firstly, the program will seek to increase the membership base by reaching out to major ECD players who are not yet part of the network such as UNICEF and UNESCO by the close of 2016. The program also seeks to network and coordinate with other networks from different countries. This will increase the visibility of the program and set a foundation for growth and expansion.
Monitoring & Evaluation
ZINECDA has an indicator based M&E framework, premised on the key strategic plan. The framework focuses on assessing progress towards realisation of key outcomes. Feeding into the ZINECDA M&E framework is relevant data collected from:
- Reports from project processes (e.g researches, reviews and evaluations) facilitated by external consultants
- Donor programme update reports
- Quarterly programme reports by secretariat and members
Data capturing tools are the main method used, while observations and both telephone and face to face interviews also compliment the data tools