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Inside the Briefing: The Vygotskian Approach, a National Spelling Bee competition, and Tashkent Declaration - a cornucopia of possibilities in early childhood care and education!
Early childhood education is often the first step in ensuring a child receives high-quality basic education. With benefits such as establishing a solid foundation for better academic success, developing social and emotional skills, and sparking intellectual curiosity that helps children learn more about the world around them, its value cannot be ignored. According to UNICEF, children who fail to attend preschool education are more likely to drop out of school and fail to reach their full potential.
Despite significant evidence highlighting the importance of Early Childhood Care and Education in the lifelong growth and development of an individual, it is often given less priority. Research shows that only around 4 out of 10 children are attending early childhood education programs. These numbers vary widely across regions, with African regions reporting attendance rates in the range of 24 - 27%
Amidst these not-so-positive numbers, a ray of hope is the continued drive towards improving them. Last year, world leaders, development partners, practitioners, scientists, civil society, and private organizations came together and arrived at the Tashkent Declaration and Commitments to Action for Transforming Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). It sets out the guiding principles and strategies for the urgent transformation of ECCE.
With this renewed fervor and commitment to ECCE, alongside a focus on literacy skills, we should emphasize a balanced approach to emotional, social, cognitive, and language development for success in school and later in the workplace and community. Last week, we asked our readers what according to them is the most important element in early childhood education. Play-based learning was the unanimous choice for our readers.
As we reflect on the significance of child-centered ECCE, it is imperative to address some vital questions: How do you think, as educators, we can differ in our approach to contributing to and nurturing the life skills of the children? What practices can we adopt to ensure a caring, stimulating, and secure learning environment for all children?
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