The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Aga Khan University Deliver SECD Course September 11 2015

As part of an initiative to help support young children affected by HIV and AIDS, The Hilton Foundation has partnered with Aga Khan University to deliver the Science of Early Child Development course to 16 of their partner organizations working in Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

Pedro Maunde, ECD Project Manager at CARE International participated in the SECD Seminar in Nairobi and then completed the online course in “Early Human Development: An Interdisciplinary Approach” offered by the Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University in partnership with Red River College.

“Honestly, I gained a lot of knowledge in each SECD component. The course allowed me to understand deeply how to contribute to life-long health and well-being for human beings before and after birth, particularly, orphaned and vulnerable children in Mozambique.”

Maunde is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the early childhood development initiative in Mozambique.

To read more about how Pedro is using his new knowledge, or to learn more about CARE International or the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation click here

SECD Seminar Series Training Session May 11 2015

Red River College has partnered over the last six years with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to contextualize the Science of Early Child Development (SECD). From April 20 to 24, a group of 34 people from 16 different countries came together at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai for a one-week training session on using the SECD Seminar Series in their context. The days included reflections on the AKDN SECD journey, exploring new SECD materials, microteaching and ideas for the future. Everyone benefited from sharing and learning from each other.

"I would like to appreciate the SECD training organizers, facilitators and my fellow participants. It was a wonderful experience especially since it brought together different people from different countries working in different organizations, different departments, different languages but again common interest and common target beneficiaries." 
Barke Ramadhan, Madrasa Early Learning Program,
Mombasa, Kenya

"The opportunity I recently had to attend SECD short modules - Facilitator Training in Dubai came as huge balloon of oxygen to confirm through sharing experiences with colleagues and facilitators all what I have learned on [the] previous SECD course. I am feeling confident to continuously share the SECD knowledge to all who are interested in life-long health and well-being for orphaned and vulnerable children in Mozambique."
Pedro Maunde, ECD Project Manager CARE
Mozambique, Inhambane province

"Thank you all for the wonderful experience during our recent training in Dubai. I know that I have come away from the sessions with a deeper insight into how I can improve my delivery of the training material. I look forward to our SECD journey together."
Saira Nazarali, Singapore


SECD seminars and courses used to support ECD development in Africa April 20 2015

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation and its partners in the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), are improving support to young children affected by HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the project, the Aga Khan University – Institute for Human Development (AKF IHD) offers a series of in-person and online seminars and courses in the Science of Early Child Development.

Over the next few years, SECD seminars will take place in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique in English, Kiswahili and Portuguese. These will be complemented by an online SECD course, which will eventually be part of an accredited degree program through AKU IHD. The courses will reach over 150 professionals implementing programs in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. To learn more, click here.

Red River College University of Toronto AKDN - Aga Khan Development Network