Partnership begins with the Change the First 1,000 Days initiative
The Entain Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership with Chance for Childhood.
The partnership will begin with a new pilot project – Change the first 1,000 Days – to support 600 out of school children in street situations in Accra, Ghana, to ensure they access, and thrive in, early childhood education.
The Entain Foundation will support Chance for Childhood to work within 10 Government Kindergarten Schools in low income areas of Accra to increase the capacity of teachers and care givers to provide tailored services for children with special needs within an inclusive school environment. The project will also employ Learning Support Assistants within these schools to tackle current challenges and improve the cognitive and social development of the children.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the critical importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, it is the time that the brain grows fastest and is most responsive to the outside world. The support and care children receive at this critical age affects their chances of survival and productivity in adulthood.
This is even more critical for children living and working in street situations and within low income settings in Accra, who suffer from undernutrition, poor psychosocial stimulation as well as a number of social issues.
The pilot will seek to produce first-time evidence on the specific learning needs of children within the urban context of Accra, acknowledging the multifaceted risks faced by children in low economic backgrounds that has been further compounded by significant shocks caused by Covid-19.
In addition to the Change the first 1,000 Days pilot, The Entain Foundation will be supporting Chance for Childhood on a range of other initiatives, to support vulnerable children.
Commenting on the donation, Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain said:
“The Entain Foundation was set up to enable our business to contribute back to society and support communities around the globe. We are proud to be able to support the invaluable work of Chance for Childhood, to make a transformational positive impact on such vulnerable children.
Anna-mai Andrews – Co-CEO Chance for Childhood said:
“Chance for Childhood are absolutely delighted to join forces with The Entain Foundation and all their incredible team to support this critical work to transform the first 1,000 days of children living in the world’s most living in some of the world’s most unsafe, violent and challenging environments”.