Children in Crossfire Tanzania was privileged to be invited to participate in a Saving Brains Innovators Workshop held in Nairobi in early February 2020. The theme was on supporting high quality Early Childhood Development programmes to transition to scale. While Children in Crossfire is not a Saving Brains grantee, we were grateful that our pre-primary education programming in Tanzania is being recognised for its scalability potential (https://www.childrenincrossfire.org/uk-aid-direct-grant-press-release/. We really appreciated the opportunity to mix with eminent professionals and practitioners in Early Childhood Development globally and discus critically how to scale Early Childhood Development programmes while maintaining quality.
The well-organised 3-day workshop really felt like a learning ground for our team, including Craig our Country Director, Heri our Programmes Manager, as well as Bruno Ghumpi representing our partner the Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN). The Children in Crossfire Tanzania, Dodoma Project was presented as part of a case clinic, and we received great feedback and enquiry from the group that included people from programmes within the Savings Brains programme team and partners in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, who really know what working at scale means!
Our team have now returned to Tanzania enthused with the learning experience and invaluable networking opportunities which will continue with peer coaching sessions organised going forward. We are excited that our programming is being recognised as meeting high quality standards and of strategic value globally for its scalability potential, and we look forward to sharing our ongoing experiences and learnings with the wider Saving Brains team and network of inspirational grantees going forward.