Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN) was found in December 2000. It was formally registered on 30th June 2004 by the Registrar of Societies, Ministry of Home Affairs under the societies ordinance, 1954. Among the objectives one was “…to develop and maintain an active ECD network through strong institutional links between ECD related organizations” What started out as the inter Organizational Committee naturally developed into the formation of the national network of ECD stakeholders now known as TECDEN. It is National network of Early Childhood Development Organizations working in partnership to influence policies, programs and practice related to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by sharing information, experiences, researches, generating knowledge and understanding on ECD in Tanzania. For Kiswahili click here
TECDEN Constitution of 2004
TECDEN Updated its Constitution in 2014 which changed the structure of the steering commitee to board and include two members of the board who are not members of the Network. For More Information About the Constituion Click here to download
TECDEN’s vision is a Tanzania where all young children from conception to 8 year old are treasured in such a way that their basic rights and needs are met and their rights to survive and really thrive are realized through holistic approaches to supporting their development.
TECDEN’s mission is to ensure that all TECDEN members work collaboratively to promote multi-sectoral approaches which;
Engender the holistic development of infants and young children and which
Bring the voices of young children into issues affecting them.
TECDEN aims at creating an enabling environment by strengthening the capacity of members to strategically engage in key Policy and programme Development processes at all levels to influence the improvement of support for holistic development of all infants and young children.
We respect the uniqueness and rights of every individual child
We value the potential and dignity of every child
The child’s wellbeing and interests are at the centre of all what we do
We uphold the legal right of young children to be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation
Advocating for policies, laws, regulations and frameworks that improves the service delivery to young children through engaging in policy dialogue at all levels
Mobilizing community to actively participate in promoting early childhood development in Tanzania through National campaigns which is Investing in Young Children for national Development
Conducting Research, Survey and Situation Analysis for purpose of generating evidence based facts to feed Advocacy work on issues affecting young children in Tanzania
Strengthening capacities of member organizations on ECD issues to enable them to provide quality services to young children in their respective workplaces
Coordinating Information Sharing among stakeholder/member organizations on issues of interest to improving the wellbeing of young children in Tanzania