Parents Castigated Over Poor Early Childhood Development


pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>This was entailed in an assessment drawn by National Council for Children, cost a constitutional body set up to ensure protection and proper development of young ones, following a countrywide community study on children below the age of 8.

The council General secretary Martin Kiiza told reporters at Hotel Africana that rural communities have continually failed to appreciate the importance of proper Early Childhood Development (ECD) in shaping future citizens.

Early Childhood Development is a period of a child’s life from conception to the age of 8, a phase so critical to the child’s well-being and future development both mentally and physically.

It encompasses programs and services that address children’s needs including healthcare, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, early learning among others.

However, Kiiza noted that their study findings revealed that parents have not paid critical attention to these important stages of child development.

“Many of them still think that taking a child to school and feeding them is entirely a government role and as a result many kids are out there attending classes on empty stomachs.”

He said that failing to provide a small amount of food from 8am to 1pm to a child at that tender age, is being unfair their own sibling and could be detrimental in their psychological development.

The Council was engaging dozens Members of parliament in an advocacy campaign to enhance good ECD which run under theme “Stand up to ECD now or eight years is too late”.

While pre-primary education is central to early development of a child, this service is not accessible especially in rural areas owing to financial constraints.

Currently only 23 percent of Uganda children aged between 2 to 5 years attend pre-primary schools.

According to Chairperson ECD training institution association Mrs. Mary Ojacai, even this small number doesn’t obtain standard training at school.

“There are limited affordable options for early childhood education for most Ugandans. Most centers don’t meet minimum stands and there is limited demand for preprimary education as parents think that their children are better off at home.”

She says that since almost all kindergarten schools are privately run, teacher employed there are not adequately trained and do not necessarily follow the standard Curriculum provided.

In the meeting, Members of Parliament were urged to galvanize and energize other stakeholder to work on ECD to bring other people into partnership, and that they should optimally utilize their capacity to influence government decisions in this cause.


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