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UNESCO advocates local content in early child education

ONYINYECHI UDEMEZUE, Abuja

THE United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has advocated for indigenous content in early childhood education curriculum.
Speaking Tuesday in Abuja at a 4day Capacity building workshop for teacher educators of earlyhood education, the UNESCO Regional Officer, Dr Patience Awopegba said the workshop was organised to review government policy and the level of implementation of early childhood care education (ECCE).
Awopegba also called for the need for possibility of incorporating local Nigeria values in the curriculum content so as to ensure unique identity for the Nigerian Child.
According to her, “The initiative is to advocate more for the development of education in Africa, the program is to look into how to help the African child develop and prepare the Nigerian child for life.
“It involves all the domains and development of a child and how they can understand ,communicate socialise with other children.
“The modules would help create an extension of a child’s home thereby promoting the values and creating an identity as a Nigerian and an African rather than copying and living by imported values and cultures”.
The UNESCO regional officer added that the workshop was aimed at monitoring growth and drawing up of an action plan on the Early childhood care education.
She decried the attitude of some parents who deny their children access to early childhood education citing economic reasons.
Awopegba however said the modules have been adopted and are currently been used in basic schools across the federation.
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Professor Muhammed  Junaid said the workshop was aimed at building the capacity of early childhood teacher educators in Nigeria.
According to him, “The objective is to build the capacity of our teacher educators on the best global practice of training indigenous early childhood care and education modules in support of NCE minimum standards ECCE curriculum.
“This is in line with regional efforts in ensuring a culturally relevant early childhood education approach that is both African in orientation and affordable to local population in Africa” he added.

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