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Play Based Early Child Education Pivotal to the Development of Education – Expert

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

Play Based Early Child Education has been described as a great  tool of  good child development which results to producing brilliant children mentally and academically .
UNICEF Education Specialist Yetunde Oluwatosin disclosed this during a two-day media dialogue on early child education (ECE) in Nigeria, organized by the federal ministry of information and culture in collaboration with United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) which took place in Sokoto State.
The Education specialist explained that from one year  to three years,  a child would be considered for Early Childhood Education .
She said at the early stage of development,  much pressure should not be invaded into the  child’s brain, hence it is very paramount to ensure play based Early  child Education, with the aim to ensure that children have the passion and love for education.
Yetunde Oluwatosin noted that the Data available reveals that 10 million children were not enrolled in schools in Nigeria.
“Research indicates that 36% of children from poorer households do not attend early childhood education,while 78% of children from wealthy households attend early childhood education”
She maintained that among the challenges that hinders 100% achievement of the early childhood education in Nigeria is the shortage of man power.
Speaking while presenting a paper titled Strengthening capacity for play – based learning :evidence from Nigeria , The Gambia and Kenya the country director for early childhood development initiative, Abuja Amy Panyi said the method of  play based learning was the best way of imparting knowledge to children.
She said despite the challenges the system was facing yet much successes was recorded in terms of educational development among children.

In a goodwill message the sokoto chief of field office UNICEF Maryam Darwesh

Head of Communications UNICEF Nigeria Mr Geoffrey Njoku expressing a point during his presentation




Said UNICEF considers early childhood as the most rapid and critical period of development in human life, hence efforts needed to be put together to achieve the stated objectives.

In his remarks  the UNICEF Chief of communication  Geoffrey Njoku  urged media practitioners in the country to implore measures in ensuring that issues around play based early  education were being reported with the aim of drawing the attention of policy makers ,geared towards achieving the set objectives.
The Director Basic Education federal ministry of Education Dr Folake Olatunji David represented by Mrs Confidence Okwonkwo urged the participants to redouble their efforts to reporting increase awareness of critical benefits of play based ECE in Nigeria.
The workshop attracted working journalists from different parts of the country

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