District Commissioner for Neno, Memory Kaleso Monteiro has said investing in young children in Early Childhood Development (ECD) is one of the best solutions the country should prioritise to address the dwindling standards of education.
Kaleso made the appeal on Saturday at Liwonde Training College after presenting certificates to 30 Care Givers who undergone a two-week ECD training courtesy of World Vision Malawi.
The care givers were drawn from Group Village Heads (GVHs) Somisomi and Mtengula in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Saimoni in Neno, where WVM is implementing literacy programme.
“Children who participate in ECD programmes are more likely to achieve academic success, be more productive members of the community, lead healthier lifestyles and they will be more likely to become homeless,” said Kaleso.
She added: “Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability- the character skills that turn knowledge into know how and people into
Kaleso, however, challenged parents and guardians to enroll their wards in ECD schools if they are to see them excel with education, saying ECD centres are stimulating learning environments that can turn blunt children to brilliant ones.
On her part, World Vision Malawi (WVM) Programme Manager for Matope Area Development Programme in Neno, Immaculate Bottoman said there is growing evidence that investing in early childhood development is key to ensuring school readiness and alleviating poverty.
Bottomani said children who do not have an access to ECD programmes will not reach their development potential and have a poor academic background and cannot compete with those who have an access to ECD programmes.
She said it is against this background that her organization started training Care Givers in order to impart them with skills and knowledge so that they can teach children to develop their skills at an earlier stage.
She said her organization is committed to children’s education and wants to complement government efforts in improving quality education in the country.
The training was organized with funds from World Vision Hong Kong.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :