QEECS (Quality Early Education in Community Schools)

The QEECS project will run until June 2017 with a total budget of 842,910 euro, most of it (600,000 euro) through a new grant of the European Commission. The Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) and Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) will implement the project in 18 peri-urban and rural schools in Kitwe and Ndola districts, Copperbelt Province, Zambia.

The objectives of QEECS are to provide Zambia’s marginalised and vulnerable children with a fair and equitable start through quality Early Education, in line with the ambitions and plans of the Ministry of Education, Sciences, Vocational Training and Early Education. Some of the main activities are:

  • Infrastructure improvements and annexing of Early Childhood Centres to existing community schools.
  • Teaching and learning tools on early childhood education for 20 Teacher Resource Centres.
  • Continuing professional development programmes for early childhood teachers.
  • Advocacy for increased attention to early childhood education for parents, communities and council representatives.