Thank you good people and its a big pleasure to join you this evening
I thank you for your important work to impact our children
Your work is so important for the future of our country and I thank you for your positive energy
To the topic of today : Insightfullness as driver of early childhood educationLet us start by understanding what early childhood education connotes
And then engage insightfullness as a child development concept
This is not a lecture per say, rather I will say its an exchange by all of us to try to impact what we all understand
Early childhood education recognises the the importance of research and theory in development
The fact of the elasticity of the human brain, and the enormous power it has and what much it can be made to do at the period of its development
So basically, its a biological/physiological concept that harnesses the core period of development in children.
There is what is called the critical periods
Periods at which certain developmental milestone must take place in children.
The point of early childhood education therefore is to recognise these periods and take advantage of it to educate our children
But this comes with so many challenges
And these challenges we know, especially those peculiar to our terrain
One is of resources
The other is if policy and its political implication
Others include manpower and the environment of early childhood education
In the private sector, l think we have really bridged the gap left by the government. It’s only that quality always comes at a cost.
Pls sir in a situation whereby a child have lost his self esteem
What can the teacher do?
Sir d mum told the little boy that I know you will not be able to do it
And try to be more friendly leaving a long lasting memories at every contact
So the boy rely on that statement
Tank u sir 4 d adequate knowledge given
Let our practice be to serve the child.
Of importance is also curriculum and what is best for our children
The debate continues about universal concepts vs the cultural specifics
Ecology also plays very important roles
One thing we however agree on is the fact that early childhood education is desirable for every child
To make progress, early childhood education must be inculcated into our educational policy
There must be the realisation by government of its importance
Capacity needs to be developed
As it is, we have no policy addressing these Our system does not recognise the kindergarten
And most of what we have are simply meeting the needs of patents to have a safe care place to keep their children because of work.
Therefore this system exclude several children unable to afford this arrangement
While there are questions about what is being thought in these centres
Since there is no curriculum and because each facility is at liberty to teach what they think is right
Please correct me if I am wrong with my assertions
To what make up early childhood education This is what we must agree together
However, since early childhood education takes advantage of the ongoing brain development, anything that impacts cognitive development is agreed to form a strong component
The development of social skills is another
Identifying the unique make of each child and reinforcing it is another
The ability to bridge the developmental gaps for children with developmental challenges is another For a lot of children, identifying the challenges they have developmentally takes place in the school setting This is a very strong component of early childhood education
The ability to deal with these development challenges is a core criteria
So where are we in all of these?
I just think we’re at that point where all stakeholders must be well invested in information regarding same.
The entire scope and ramifications; what it entails, as it were.
So that we can all begin to work together, all hands on deck, towards a better educated society from early childhood.
Hmm. Thanks, we are really no where for the children without any form of disability not to talk about the ones with challenges that nobody cares for.
Boom! @ from the perspective of the child
And different forms of Learning, especially at that stage of early childhood.
All learning doesn’t have to be academic and graded
The Intelligence Quotient of a child is more that reading and writing, and regurgitating material.
Almost an insult to the numerous possibilities
Free the child to be the best version of himself.
Seeking for standardisation and policy. How do we kick start that and where do we go from here?
We need to cone together and show with evidence that this works. Advocacy is key.
How do we identify what these children need at certain stages of their lives?
How do we then key into the critical periods of the development ?
But parents are not realizing this period. They make comparison,thereby making educators to look stupid or incompetent.
Thanks to you too.
God bless everyone & He will prosper us in our chosen career as child givers,Amen
This is where insightfullness comes in
But can we comment on where we are with the criteria that I listed?
This will point the way for us on where to go
Vital to early childhood education are: social and emotional competencies and then self regulations
Relationship is vital. This concerns us the most as teachers and caregivers. We must have strong bonds with children
At the base of this is insightfullness which is a child development concept that sees things from the perspectives of the child
We must place less emphasis on academic performance
Rather, we should work to build confidence in our pupils
Self esteem, self concept and confidence lead to emotional stability in child and finally build RESILIENCY in them . These are key ingredients in early childhood education
The child is the focus
We must try to look at things from the ways they perceive them
We think we know what our children want, but most times we don’t
We must create an environment that ensure children are free to share their mind
Individual uniqueness must be emphasiseWe should tone down competitiveness among them rather build a spirit of collaboration
We must emphasise respect, respect to our children, respect for each other and respect for rules. But rules must be set not with what we think is right as adults, but with what children feel are their needs
We must work with parents as equal partners
Most times we leave out parents thinking we are the only one who knows what works
This can’t be a one off discussion. We must constantly engage ourselves
There is a vital component we must not forget to touch
And that is what we called the class
Next time I shall share some tools with us to measure our classes
What do we prioritise in our classrooms?
This is another area of important focus in early childhood education
We can measure ourselves and see how we fare
Also key is play
Do we have safe space for enough play? What type of play? How engaging? What forms of supervision do we bring to their play? How do we use play as a form of education?
I shall work to ensure I bring in some experts to work with us as a group. I have discussed this with Mr. Odetola
So in closing, let’s go away with asking ourselves how insightful we are? How much of what we do is informed from the expressed need of a child and not what we think they need?
Let’s seek for standardization of teaching and instruction
Let’s demand a policy of early childhood education
Let our practice be to serve the child and not simply driven by commerce
Let us ask ourselves what we can do differently from here
Today provides a general template. The next class will attempt to go into some specific skill building
I thank you greatly for the honour to share with you. My best regards.
Steve Aborisade is a Nigerian media development specialist and child advocate.
I am founding coordinator of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative journalism as well as former coordinator of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy. I graduated from the University of Ibadan where I read Philosophy, and The Times Journalism Institute with a diploma in journalism. I have an MA from the university of Haifa in Israel (Child Development) and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Texas in Austin.
I founded and coordinate Projekthope, http://www.projekthope.org