World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), represented by National Director Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, and National Institute for Child and Family Development (NICFD), Mahidol University, represented by Director Assoc Prof Adisak Plitponkarnpim, MD, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop ‘Innovation and Information Technology for Holistic Early Childhood Development Media and Tools’, in the hope of the increased capacity of the early childhood (0-3 years) care network.
Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, WVFT National Director, stated that the MOU signing with NICFD was part of the WVFT’s Go Baby Go Parenting Programme, funded by Thai Health Foundation and Boeing (Thailand) Co, Ltd, which aims to enhance the capacity of childcare personnel and parenting networks, including community-based health officers, sub-district health-promoting hospital staff, village health volunteers, teachers and caregivers, as well as families in WVFT’s development areas. The knowledge about healthcare and child development in different aspects from birth to 3 years – the most critical period during which a child’s life foundation is established – can be accessed more easily through the digital platform.
‘WVFT and NICFD, Mahidol University will jointly develop learning media on the digital platform that promote early childhood development from birth to 3 years, or during the first 1,000 days of life, in accordance with the Brain-Based Learning theory, which is the new paradigm of cognitive science. The collaboration also includes the development of child growth monitoring and evaluation tools for parents’ use and the development of digital media to enhance the capacity of relevant personnel. The digital media will be developed by WVFT based on the contextualised World Vision International’s Go Baby Go: Parenting Programme, comprising 10 learning sessions: 1) Baby and early childhood growth – roles of parents and caregivers; 2) Holistic child development; 3) Sensitive and responsive parenting; 4) Physical development reinforcement; 5) Psychosocial development reinforcement; 6) Cognitive or intellectual development reinforcement; 7) Play and communication; 8) Home environment 9) Well-being as a family affair; and 10) Community-level planning’.
Assoc Prof Adisak Plitponkarnpim, MD, Director of NICFD, Mahidol University, said that the institute has the vision to make child development knowledge and innovation created by NICFD accessible by all children’s families, regardless their financial status. Partnership with WVFT is crucial as the organisation has access to its Partnership’s internationally-recognised child development resources, possesses strengths in working with children, families, and communities, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, and has field projects across all regions of Thailand. Our existing knowledge and innovation that will be converted into the digital media and properly introduced to the relevant sectors via WVFT’s network of development projects will greatly benefit the targeted children.
Dr Sarawut ended that at this MOU-signing event, through the introduction of NICFD, WVFT had an opportunity to meet and converse with the executives of the Office of Knowledge Management and Development (Public Organisation) and GAMMACO (Thailand) Co, Ltd and established strong connections for future collaboration.