Stanbic opens child centre
Kampala February 8-Stanbic Uganda (SBU) has opened the Early Childhood Center, a non-governmental based organization in partnership with Ka Tutandike Uganda. It will support the care of vulnerable communities in Ggaba Market and the surrounding areas.
“Early Childhood development is among the focus areas of our Corporate Social Investments. We believe that early formative years for any child is of critical importance in determining their future and yet in Uganda only nine percent of children aged 3 to 5 have access to pre-school education,” Patrick Mweheire, the Stanbic CEO said during the official opening.
The facility was completed after 18 months and furnished by SBU. It will provide quality day care services for young children, pre-school education in addition to equipping their parents with entrepreneurial skills for the poor and disadvantaged communities.
“Education is a big pillar of our support and not many people have access to this basic need. Uganda adds one million babies a year but there are no resources to ensure that all these babies get the best in life,” Mweheire said.
He said, “The opening of the ECD will change the situation making it possible for the disadvantaged children to get a good start early in life by allowing them to develop their numeracy, literacy and social skills at the right age.”
Anisha Rajapakse, the Chairperson of Ka Tutandike Trust Uk said, “As partners in this initiative both Ka Tutandike and Stanbic firmly believe that poverty is not just about money. In order to reduce poverty and increase the chances of success for all children, we must invest in their earliest years. The situation is quite critical as almost one in every 5 children under the age of 5 and children below 15 years constitute almost half of the total population.”
The Ggaba facility is the first project SBU has undertaken in early childhood development and management hopes to come up with similar initiatives in different areas during the future.