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‘Success Rooted In Early Childhood Education’

Early childhood upbringing is the foundation to future success helps a child to thrive throughout school and adulthood, says Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestant Milika Ryland. Ms Ryland, from Saqani in
08 Aug 2016 08:41
‘Success Rooted In Early Childhood Education’
Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestant Milika Ryland.

Early childhood upbringing is the foundation to future success helps a child to thrive throughout school and adulthood, says Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestant Milika Ryland.

Ms Ryland, from Saqani in Cakaudrove, says she will be highlighting this issue during the weeklong Suva festival.

25-year-old Ms Ryland is sponsored by Musashi, a sports supplement product at the Suva Drug Pharmacy in Suva.

Ms Ryland said being a Sunday school teacher at the Yarawa Methodist church in Nabua for three years was where she became passionate about working with children and evangelism.

“I then got a certificate in early childhood education as I believe that grooming young children will mould them into better citizens,” she said.

“It was also important to have a positive environment and a good support system for early childhood to increase their chances of successful transition to higher classes.

“When I started teaching early childhood I was told that the pay was not enough and I commend the Government for recognising early childhood education.”

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced in the 2016/2017 budget that s $2.1 million had been allocated for ECE while $6.8million has been allocated for a salary grant.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said teachers could expect a pay rise this month.

Ms Ryland was one of the three last contestants to be sponsored. She said it was nerve-wrecking as the festival was a week away.

However, she was thankful to the Hibiscus committee for their positive encouragement and finding a sponsor in time for her to take part.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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