Hello and welcome to ECDI blog corner.
My name is Patricia Eno Falope (PEF) and I will be posting blogs on child development and related matters. My goal for this is to stimulate thought and initiate conversation on our child rearing and education practices, many of which are passed down and carried out instinctively by parents and communities. Through this blog, we will be looking critically at how children develop. We will explore the most successful ways to support optimal child development and focus on strengthening those practices that work. We will do this, as parents, communities and educators, to ensure our actions tally with our hopes for the best outcomes for our children.
About the Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI): The Initiative was set up to promote knowledge of the importance of early childhood; to promote the view of young children as complete human beings, capable of thought; and, to support the educational structures serving children in Nigeria. Every child develops at his/her own pace and is entitled to environments, which support that development. ECDI seeks to stimulate the environments – family, community, school and government to achieve emotional, social and cognitive wellness for Nigerian children. All levels of government, beginning with the Federal, have major roles to play in ensuring that Nigerian children thrive. Government’s stance and policies determine the framework of services for children. Government does not stand alone in its responsibility however. Parents also have major roles to play in ensuring capacity in their children. Parents are the children’s first and best teachers. We are all together responsible to ensure that our children do well. Child wellbeing is not simply a question of poverty and wealth. It is also a matter of building relevant knowledge at every level, from the grassroots to the topmost echelons of Nigerian society. We often value ourselves (as Nigerians) by the number of children we have. We need to put that value into providing resources (time, recognition, interaction etc. not necessarily money) to ensure that the children develop to the best of their own abilities.
I believe that every child is precious, holding the promise for the future. That future can be bright or it can be gloomy. It largely depends on the resources in place for each child. Please know that when I talk resources, I am not necessarily talking money.
Our children today are our future for tomorrow. Fellow Nigerians, what does our future look like?