The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hammid Bobboyi has said ECCDE’s implementation is a yardstick for nurturing a child’s educational development through early stimulation and transition into primary school.
He said this yesterday at the opening of capacity development training of teachers, teachers and caregivers of UBEC’s early child care development and education ECCDE modern centres.
The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Technical, Prof. Bala Zakari explained that the capacity building workshop is focused on Reggio Emilia and other child centre approaches which are basically “Learning with play”, brain and physical development of a child, improvisation of low or no cost teaching and learning materials as well as curriculum utilization.
The method is used in the implementation of the one-year pre-primary curriculum, to boost teaching abilities and to support teachers in managing contemporary challenges in the implementation of ECCDE in the UBE program.
The E.S expressed appreciation to all caregivers and stakeholders involved in the process of ensuring that the capacity building is successful.
In her contribution, the Director, Special Programs, Dr. Ene Adikwu said the training is aimed at familiarizing participants with the skills and techniques of Reggio Emilia and other child central approaches so that participants will be able to manage effectively.
She stressed that the success of every childhood care and education depend on the collective effort of all stakeholders who are saddled with the responsibility of impacting Knowledge through early stimulation, care and language skill among others.
She called on the participants, the SUBEB to give the training all the seriousness it deserves to ensure that what is taught is put into good use.
The Commission, being a major stakeholder in the Basic Education service delivery is committed to ensuring that all children of school age, irrespective of their background, are enrolled and retained in a qualitative learning environment, she said.
Thus, the construction of 64 well equipped UBEC direct intervention Model Learning Centers in the 6 geo-political zones in 23 states and FCT.
The 5-day training drilled participants from SUBEB, UBEC and other stakeholders in Basic Education delivery.