Education experts task government on early childhood development

Government at all levels in Nigeria have been advised to give more attention to the development of Early Childhood education, in order to enhance future prospect of children in the country.
The advice was given by an education expert, Dr. Mrs Adefunke Ekine, in a lead paper presented at the 2015 National Conference of the Early Childhood Association of Nigeria (ECAN), held on Tuesday, November 27, 2015 in Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo.
Underscoring the Importance of early childhood education in the society, Mrs. Ekine described it as a very important aspect of education, that is required for achieving long term success for
individuals, families, communities and nations in the process of attaining peace and sustainable world.
While delivering the paper entitled: “MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE WHOLE CHILD THROUGH EFFECTIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION” Mrs. Ekine, Deputy Director, Directorate of Academic Planning, Quality Assurance and Research, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-ode, examined the concept of the whole child, needs of the child and
indicators of a good childhood. Stressing the need for parents and community to exhibit more interest in social, emotional, health and physical development of the child, the University don said through this, Nigeria children would be able to exhibit the talent given to them by God effectively.
While commending the Federal Government for the incorporation of one year free compulsory pre-school education into the National Policy on Education and making it integral part of public primary schools curriculum in the country, the education expert, however, appealed to
the government to give more attention to other areas of need such as replacement of dilapidated classrooms, recruitment of qualified teachers, provision of necessary teaching aids, safety , security as well as increase funding to education.
Also in another paper delivered by Mrs. Ngozi Odinko, from the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, entitled: “MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE WHOLE CHILD THROUGH EFFECTIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD,” she emphasized the need for government in Nigeria to provide friendly environment by making available good accommodation for pupils. She treated issues which include social and psychomotor development and stressed the need for teachers to show love to children placed under their supervision as well as giving opportunities to them to participate actively in group activities.
Earlier in his remark, the Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, commended members of the association for organising the conference which he said would go a long way in advancing the frontier of knowledge not only in the institution out globally. He assured that the Institution’s Management would continue to identify with the association in its effort at promoting and advancing the standard of education in Nigeria.
Also in her address of welcome, the President of ECAN, Professor Ajike Osanyin, stated that the association was established in the year 1994 to promote welfare of children and foster understanding, exchange of ideas, and friendship among its member as well as to disseminate
result of research activities to relevant authorities. She lauded members of the association for their steadfastness and unity while calling for the establishment of more branches of the body
in all tertiary institutions across the country. The programme held at the Obongawan Lecture theatre was attended by members of the association from various tertiary institutions which
include the University of Lagos, Adeniran Ogunsan College of Education, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Tai Solarin University of Education as well as Adeyemi College of Education and theUniversity of Ibadan among others.
Eminent personalities who graced the occasion include Prof. Segun Akinbote, Dr. Olaogun, Dr. Babajide Abidogun; Dr. Salami, and representative of the Dean School of Education, (ACE), Dr. Mrs. Oyenike Oyinloye to mention a few.