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Why Early Education Is Vital; Tuitubou Tells

Early childhood education aims to promote total learning experience and development of a child shaping them into better citizens. Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou made the comment yesterday
31 Jul 2016 07:13
Why Early Education Is Vital; Tuitubou Tells

Early childhood education aims to promote total learning experience and development of a child shaping them into better citizens.

Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou made the comment yesterday while launching the early childhood education week at the Rishikul school ground.

“Childhood experiences will equip students for later schooling and lifelong experience,” he said.

He said studies have shown the benefits of early childhood education.

“In a famous Abecedarian projects, researchers monitored students performances over a period until moving through normal educational formative years,” the minister said.

“The finding showed the importance of long lasting benefits associated with high quality early childhood education programmes. I believe children should not be pushed too hard, they learn best when educational activities are only small portion of their day.”

Mr Tuitubou believes physical activity should also be encouraged to keep the children active and help improve social skills.

He said children living disabilities were also benefitting greatly from early childhood education.

“These benefits have been proves both locally and internationally and the Government is focused on giving the best to early childhood education,” Mr Tuitubou said.

 

Parents juggle work and family time

For working parents, Rekha Singh and Ashwin Singh, managing a five-year-old daughter who attends early childhood education and a four-year-old toddler can be handful.

Ms Singh, 36, said: “It is tough at times having a day job and coming back at home yet another responsibility awaits.

“At this stage, it is very critical on what you pass on to your children, most times I multi-task, cooking and also helping my daughter with homework.”

Ms Singh said her daughter had broaden her knowledge on the English language and tend to use ‘big words’ at home.

“We speak Hindi at home and last week my daughter asked me if we could start speaking English since they speak that language in school daily,” she said.|

“It is very encouraging to see that children are getting the best out of early education that leads to better academic skills and personal growth.”

Mr Singh, taxi driver, said: “At home, I put my work aside and have time for my daughter when she comes back from school which is very critical at their developing stage.”

Sushila Reddy, president of the Nasinu early childhood education cluster had activities prepared at the launch including dance performance, sack race, hula hoop and a bouncy castle.

About 800 students from 12 kindergarten clusters around the Nasinu area took part in the early childhood education week launch.

 

Govt recognise our value: Pre-school teacher

A kindergarten teacher who has been struggling for decades is thankful for the pay rise announced during the 2016/2017 national budget  address last month.

“This Government has recognised our value and understood that we also have family that we need to provide for,” said Rishikul Kindergarten school teacher Sushila Reddy.

“We have been praying for a pay increase for such a long time, and I’m so thankful this Government is focusing more on early childhood education (ECE).”

“I have been teaching for 30 years and I have been waiting for this news for a very long time.”

“Before, we earned a little through the school management whereas some teachers were just volunteers.”

The pay rise was announced by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, where $2.1 million has been allocated for ECE while $6.8 million has been allocated as salary grant.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the ECE would expect a pay rise by next month.



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