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Editorial: Let’s give our young the best in education

Editorial: Let’s give  our young  the best  in education
July 26
11:15 2018

Early childhood education is critical to the development of skills and habits that will stay with a person for his or her entire life.

A study conducted by High Scope Educational Research Foundation in America said that preschool attendance increased the likelihood that three and four-year-olds would succeed across a broad range of measures decades later.

People who took part in the programme were more likely to perform well in primary and secondary school, receive high scores on aptitude tests, earn a bachelor’s degree and hold a skilled job.

There’s mounting evidence that early childhood education can provide the foundation for a prosperous academic and professional life.

Partnerships between preschools and day care providers can ensure that more children are ready for kindergarten: “If we can all work together to have a good foundation of those early childhood skills, then they are ready for kindergarten.”

Here in Fiji, while we’re celebrating Early Childhood Week, let us not forget that teachers play a pivotal role in the development of our children that will help them when they enter mainstream education.

Their transition from early childhood to mainstream education, with the help of teachers, provide the foundation for the rest of life, from childhood to adolescent and as an adult. Teachers form that link, which connects the children from their home to school. The child’s early years are important.

Northern Divisional Education Officer Selemo Drokamaisau said teachers provided the foundation for the rest of life, from childhood to adolescent and as an adult.

“A child’s growth of mental and physical abilities progress at an amazing rate and a very high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age six.”

This is a time when children particularly need high quality personal care and learning experiences.

When children are young, every new experience, every word they learn, every behaviour they adopt is an investment in a more fruitful future.

Early childhood education is about improving and moulding the holistic child, which will eventually form the basis of their life long journey.

The current Fijian Government supports Early Childhood Education in villages and we should be glad that training is available for those who volunteer to look after the programme in villages.

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya,  when launching Pre-School Week earlier in the week, said: “While a school is an important place for children’s education, family members play an equally critical role in the development of a child.”

With this year’s Pre-School Week theme titled “Quality early childhood and education-Everyone’s responsibility”, Mr Koya said: “Our next generation will face a more rapidly changing world than what we had experienced decades ago.”

In the face of the changes ahead, we need to equip our future generations to be ‘life-long learners’ and with the ability to ‘learn how to learn’, so that they can keep abreast of changes and become active and valuable members of our community.

Parents, especially for those in rural areas, must support Early Childhood education in their communities.

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

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