Association Tasks Govts, Stakeholders On Qualified Caregivers In Schools

Mr Simeon Fowowe, National President, Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN), says only qualified caregivers should be allowed to teach children under five years in schools.

Fowowe made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that caregivers are persons who assist the child to develop good eating habits as well as good communication, reasoning and expressive skills and other social habits in school.

According to Fowowe, governments at all levels and concerned private schools must strive to ensure that the development is taken seriously through constant monitoring.

He noted that for every Nigerian child, early education with the right caregivers is key.

“To produce and achieve right adulthood, there must be a right early start in life.

“The importance of the early years to children’s lives, to the parents and the society at large, is now beyond question.

“A good beginning to life is well recognised as the foundation for future development, and no doubt too, to the health and well being and also throughout their lifetime,” Fowowe told NAN.

The ANPEIN president added that research showed that the care and support received by a child in terms of good health, nutrition and psycho-social care and protection, were crucial in the formation and development of their intelligence.

“It is imperative at this juncture to state that the holistic development of a child is greatly dependent on multi-sectoral pursuit, converging interventions on health, nutrition, care, stimulation and participation of the child.

“A child today will grow into adolescence and later adulthood, it becomes necessary to prepare the child from the pre-primary level of education for the future challenge of being independent.

 “The teacher, who has a real insight into how children learn, will organise the teaching programme to suit their needs,” Fowowe stated.

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