About the Project
The Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP) is a sustainable early childhood education (ECE) programme that aims to educate and support preschool children from under-resourced communities by training the mother in her role as a “first educator” through group discussions and mother-to-child learning exercises for a period of 25 weeks.
MOCEP, founded in 1993, is a nationwide project operated in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of National Education (MoNE). This cost-effective (US$15 per individual) programme uses such existing community resources as MoNE facilities and teachers. Trainings are conducted in a participatory, group-learning environment, with trainers acting as group leaders rather than teachers. Trainers also conduct home visits, while ACEV provides an intensive supervision and support system.
The programme, which has been replicated in 13 countries and reaches over 700,000 people, has been shown to have a positive, long-lasting impact on mothers and children: participating children were more likely to go beyond compulsory education and demonstrate better cognitive and social development patterns into young adulthood than comparable children who did not participate. Studies have also shown that the programme’s effects on employment and education lasted into young adulthood.
MOCEP has inspired a number of other projects in Turkey, including a Father Support Programme and a TV programme for parents and young children.
By establishing sustainable home-based ECE models in Turkey, MOCEP formed the basis for the government’s recent family education programme, helping to transform early childhood and adult education using effective investment, scientific innovation and stakeholder inclusion.