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Niger Seeks More Child Devt Centres

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 6:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie



Public and corporate organizations have been called upon to invest in Early Child Development (ECD) as doing so would guarantee strong moral foundation that would not only enhance their growth but discourage them from indulging in any form of crime as they grow older.

The Permanent Secretary Niger State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu who made the call at the Speech and Prize giving day of Life Spring Early Child Care Centre, Minna over the weekend also argued that such strong moral foundation will discourage them from joining bad company.

Represented by the Director of Girl Child Education, ministry of education, Hajiya Hadiza Daji, the Permanent Secretary said that the care and attention received by children in the first eight years of their life was important because “such attention is what influences their life as they get older.”

While calling on well to do Nigerians to invest in early child care centres as their contributions to building of future leaders, Adamu said, “The Ministry of Education will love to see more of early child development centres everywhere in the state.

“We should endeavour to scale up Community Based Early Child Centres (CBECC) in all our private and public schools especially in remote communities to enable more children access ECD for a better Nigerian society”.

The Director of the centre, Hajiya Amina Sidi said that early child hood education was the responsibility of not only parents but the government and as well, the entire society.

She said that “The best way the society can rid itself of crimes and all forms of criminalities is to have well educated children that will grow into adulthood or youths and into adults. When we train our children in the right way they will have self esteem, value themselves and their immediate society.

“Our remand homes and prisons will become nothing but museums and the much talked about Sambisa forest, the Boko-Haram haven will become tourist attraction centre if we devote more time and resources to building strong foundation for our future leaders”.

She added that she was optimistic that if early child education was given priority the country would have no business spending huge sums importing arms and ammunitions and inviting foreign partners to tackle insurgency.

“All these engaging our own children to battle of Boko-Haram and all forms of criminalities ravaging the Nigerian society would have been averted if we had shown enough time, love and care from the EDC,” she said.