Importance of early childhood education to the disadvantaged children, Kira town council, Wakiso district

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The study is centered on the importance of the provision of early childhood education to the disadvantaged children in Kira Town Council, Wakiso District. It thought to determine the trends in enrolment of disadvantaged children in various early childhood education centers. To find out the benefits of early childhood education program to the disadvantaged children. To find out the challenges faced by disadvantaged children in ECE centers and finally to suggest possible interventions to overcome the challenges. In order to address the objectives set, a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques were used to gather data and information. Given that the findings of the study need to be disseminated to educational stakeholders and especially policy makers. The findings have been presented in relatively easy to comprehend statistically techniques, frequency distribution graphic representations summaries and examples depicting emerging themes and categorization and pictorial representation of the research findings. The findings indicated that disadvantaged children including special needs children, disabled, orphans and the poor are a reality in Kira Town Council, Wakiso district and are increasing enrolling in its ECP. Inadequate funding especially the capitation grant for the disadvantaged children. Lunch for disadvantaged children's is not provided. Higher teacher-pupils ratio is embalmed untrained teachers in the management of disadvantaged children in ECE center inadequate supervision and monitoring of ECE centers. Negative social and cultural norms were cited low community participation in implementation of ECE programme. The area of study included three ECE centers in Kira town council Wakiso district, three head teachers, three ECE teachers in each school, ten disadvantaged children, primary data was collected by questionnaire while as secondary data was got from reports, journals, internet, text books among others.
A Research Report Submitted to the Institute of Open Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/ Primary Education) of Kampala International University
Early childhood education, Children, Kira town council, Wakiso district