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3,500 child development centers to be added in Nepal
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13:04, August 14, 2007

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The Department of Education is to set up 3,500 additional Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers across Nepal, The Rising Nepal reported on Tuesday.

According to the state-run daily, at present, the department is running 13,023 ECD centers in various parts of the country.

Deputy director of the department Devika Pradhananga said the children below five years are allowed to get admission at ECD centers.

Presently 413,000 children throughout the country have been enrolled in the ECD centers, while 113,000 are still deprived of taking ECD classes.

Presenting the data, she said 25 children could be accommodate in a single ECD class but currently the average number of children in one class is 78.

"Additional 4,600 ECD centers would be needed to accommodate all the children between three and five," she said, adding that there are 156,200 children of this age group in the country.

About 41.4 percent of the total number of children below five years have enrolled in ECD centers. The department has set a target to increase the enrollment to 60 percent in by 2011 and 80 percent by 2015, she said.

Source: Xinhua

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