Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):
The MDGs act as a guideline for the entire international community to work in unison towards a common end – ensuring that human development reaches everyone, everywhere. At Kindergarten Experts International, we are not left behind in this quest. We form part of this team through our training and capacity building programmes. It is also in line with our vision and mission.
If these goals (MDGs) are achieved, world poverty will be reduced by half, many lives will be saved, and many more people will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy.
The MDGs are eight (8) in number namely:
- MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty
- MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education
- MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
- MDG 5: Improve maternal health
- MDG 6: Combat HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- MDG 8: A global partnership for development
We borrow the words of Anthony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF, from his forward to the ‘Progress for Children’ report. He said, “We have the knowledge and the means to better the odds for every child and we must use them”. This for sure is our stand too. And that is why we exist and it is in line with our Core value number 1 (Child focused).
Our programmes directly engage the first and the second goals of the MDGs (MDG 1 & MDG 2) respectively by supporting education through capacity building to the teachers, parents and other care givers to offer quality education to the children. We also advocate for the provision of education to both boy child and girl child on equal basis with more emphasis on girl child education due to its low provision despite its major role in enhancing child health and nutrition.
By addressing MDG 2 through training of teachers, parents and other care givers we help address glaring disparities in quest for quality education for children and help eradicate poverty.
We also make significant contribution to the third goal (MDG 3). The Millennium Development Declaration commits member countries to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as effective ways to combat poverty, hunger and disease and to stimulate development that is truly sustainable. Through our training programmes, we mainly focus on eliminating gender disparities in education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, in addition to adult literacy. Through gender empowerment, we enable girls and women have the opportunity to control their own destiny without any interference from their male counterpart in all the areas of development and leadership through decision making and participation in various projects.
On the fourth and fifth goals (MDG 4 & MDG 5), we advocate, through our trainings, for the best practices to embrace so as to reduce child mortality. We explain the associated benefits to the parents, caregivers and their communities. Among them include: exclusive breastfeeding, sleeping under treated mosquito nets and immunization. We also provide the basic information aimed at enhancing improved maternal health especially to the adolescents (the at risk group). Through our programmes we educate the adolescents on the dangers associated with early marriages and childbirths and advise on the benefits of delayed onset of marriage and childbirth.
For example, studies reveal that adolescent girls are more likely than older women to suffer from obstetric fistula (tears between the vagina and the urinary tract or rectum that cause feacal or urinary incontinence).
On the sixth goal (MDG 6), we train and encourage responsible behavior among the children and youths aimed at halting and reversing the spread of HIV/ AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infections by encouraging responsible behavior formation and helping them to set realistic and achievable goals in their lives.
Lastly, on the seventh and eighth goals respectively, (MDG 7 & MDG 8), we educate the children, youths and caregivers on the importance of ensuring environmental sustainability through best practices aimed at conserving our environment for the current and future generations. We equally train on respecting cultural diversity, embracing networking and collaboration between organizations to maximise the opportunities for promoting global partnership for development. At Kindergarten Experts International we are ready and willing to partner with any development partner and/ or government having the best interest of her children and youths at heart to see the realization of the MDGs to the fullest.