Advanced Diploma in Human Development

Advanced Diploma in Human Development (Early Child Development)

The Advanced Diploma is an in-service, multi-disciplinary, postgraduate programme. It is designed to prepare professionals engaged in health, education and social developm​​​ent sectors for the development of ECD strategies through a critical examination of current knowledge and practices.

Learning Objectives

  • To apply the understanding that early experiences, determined by the social context, give shape to the brain and biological development, and set life long trajectories for learning, behaviour and health.
  • To plan for sustainable, community-based integrated ECD services that can make a difference in the survival, growth and development prospects of children, create equitable opportunities for women, contribute to community mobilisation and social change and improve the human capital of the population.
  • To work in a team and collaborate with professionals in several disciplines, donors and organisations   in promoting effective ECD services that are grounded in community realities.
  • To demonstrate how ECD programmes can promote the human rights of all children.
  • To develop self-awareness of personal values, critical thinking skills and the ability to reflect on and analyse immediate environments within a larger societal context.