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Early Childhood Education Long Term Goals to be Taught to Tots: Reddy

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy said yesterday that the Early Childhood Education curriculum would now be aligned to focus on instilling some lifelong educational attributes and
05 Aug 2016 09:06
Early Childhood Education Long Term Goals to be Taught to Tots: Reddy

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy said yesterday that the Early Childhood Education curriculum would now be aligned to focus on instilling some lifelong educational attributes and skills in the children.

He said: “Since children nowadays, are much more acquainted with technology and become exposed to contemporary issues from varied sources of media from an early age, they as such, need to be taught about how to keep themselves safe and away from harmful issues. They need to be taught how to protect themselves and how to react to situations.

“We are looking at introducing First Aid programmes, strategised physical activities, basic scouting and Girl Guide activities for the children to be involved in.

“Added to these, we are also going to introduce human rights education, focusing on children’s rights and create awareness on child abuse.”

Mr Reddy said the problems toddlers faced today could not be underestimated and only confined to a particular age level.

“We also cannot live with pre-conceived ideas that ECE children are perhaps too young to be exposed to some very important concerns and issues which they might encounter in life.”

He said children must know some vital things about life from an early age.

“For example, when some people hurt them, abuse them or step upon their basic rights, the child must be able to know that he/she is being mistreated,” he said.

“They must have the confidence to speak to the right person, immediately, so that they are not abused further.

“The programmes we will introduce will generally look at ironing out the issue of fear building in children and how they must respond to situations when they are ill-treated.

“The children will also be equipped with basic First Aid knowledge to use in time of need.

“The teachers will be trained who in turn will train the children. We must nurture in our children the ability to take care of themselves and their friends if some unforeseen circumstances do happen.

“We are training our children to be smart. We will instill in them the knowledge on disaster preparedness and disaster evacuation situations and what actions to take. We want to drill in the students the importance of Safety.

“Safety on the roads, near to water, near to fire and other hazards will be the basic component we will be targeting.

“Many times, we hear of some innocent children falling victims to road accidents, getting drowned or caught in a blaze.

“It is our responsibility to prepare our children from the earliest of age to be protective of themselves and take precautions.”

He said he appreciated the work being done by the ECE teachers so far and challenged all to raise the bar in providing quality early childhood education for the future of our country.

“The early learning that these children will go through is what all their future learning will depend on. I urge you all to inject that excellence in each and every child so that they become successful people in the future,” Mr Reddy said.

 

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