PlayMatters participates in the National Launch of the Parent's Handbook

Sep 12, 2022

Figure 1: Parent's Handbook launched by the National Curriculum Development Centre

As part of our continued collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) in Uganda, the PlayMatters consortium was invited to the national launch of a Parents’ Handbook at State House, Nakasero, Kampala on 19th August 2022.

The handbook was developed by the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) under the coordination of the Basic Education Department (BED) with support from the World Bank. The Guest of Honor was the Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Hon. Janet Museveni.

The National Parents’ Handbook promotes home learning among children aged 3-6 and provides learning activities that parents can practice as they interact with children at home. This third edition consolidates contribution from various partners. PlayMatters supported in the review of the handbook and sharing experience from the PlayMatters at Home Learning Program which was developed to support home learning during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the topics that the 3rd edition handbook covers include:

  • Tips on incorporating children’s learning into daily household activities.
  • Promoting equality among boys and girls while learning at home.
  • Utilizing readily available materials at home to facilitate playful learning.
  • Ways of including children with special needs in home learning among others.

Parent's Handbook

Figure 2: Parent's Handbook for Children ages 3-6 years.

The handbook constitutes national guidance for working with families and communities to extend learning at Home. PlayMatters consortium envisions this handbook to be part of the training aids and resource that teachers and Play Champions will have as a resource to support school and community-based Learning through Play (LtP) Activities.

UNICEF in their communication during the launch pledged to translate the parent’s handbook into 24 languages and print 20,000 copies. The consortium will continue to coordinate with the relevant departments to support MOES Plans for dissemination and feedback implementation through ongoing LtP activities supported by PlayMatters.


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