Entain has launched a ‘Change the first 1,000 Days’ initiative as part of a collaboration with Chance for Childhood, which will support 600 out of school children in street situations in Accra, Ghana, to ensure they access, and thrive in, early childhood education.
Undertaken through the gaming and sports betting group’s Entain Foundation, the pilot will see support given to Chance for Childhood to work within 10 government kindergarten schools in low income areas of the Ghanaian capital.
This will be done to increase the capacity of teachers and caregivers to provide tailored services for children with special needs within an inclusive school environment.
The project will also employ learning support assistants within these schools to tackle current challenges, and improve the cognitive and social development of the children.
Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain, commented: “The Entain Foundation was set up to enable our business to contribute back to society and support communities around the globe.
“We are proud to be able to support the invaluable work of Chance for Childhood, to make a transformational positive impact on such vulnerable children.”
The pilot will seek to produce first-time evidence on the specific learning needs of children within the urban context of Accra, acknowledging the multifaceted risks faced in low economic backgrounds, which has been further compounded by significant shocks caused by COVID-19.
In addition to the Change the first 1,000 Days pilot, The Entain Foundation will be supporting Chance for Childhood on a range of other initiatives, to support vulnerable children.
Anna-mai Andrews, co-CEO of Chance for Childhood, noted: “Chance for Childhood are absolutely delighted to join forces with The Entain Foundation and all their incredible team to support this critical work to transform the first 1,000 days of children living in the world’s most living in some of the world’s most unsafe, violent and challenging environments”.
Chance for Childhood is a global charity which supports the most vulnerable children, including those on the streets, disabled children, children affected by conflict and those that are incarcerated.