Experts are lamenting over the low rate of Community-based Early Childhood Education establishments, calling for an aggressive mobilization to boost early brain development among children.
The Director, of Early Childhood Education State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) Sokoto State Faruk Umar disclosed this at a 2-day media dialogue on Early Childhood Education organized by the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Sokoto state.
He said a lot of effort has been put by SUBEB to encourage the establishment of Early Childhood Education across all local governments of the state yet only 7 community-based centers are currently in place due to a lack of awareness and sensitization about the impact of the center.
Faruk added that when compared to the number of schools and children in Sokoto much work is needed to tackle the missing links of early childhood learning to build a community where everything is possible.
“Right now here we have just about five or seven centers community based but we have more than 500 ECE centers in our schools already.
“So we need to create demand to the communities to know the importance of ECE to be able to receive the establishment of ECE centers in their localities
“By the policy, there should be ECE in each of the primary schools. “Going by the number of over 2,000 schools we’ve over 500 ECE classes you can see the gap between so is about 1-4.”
Speaking further, Faruk called for more commitments to empowering teachers to enhance learning activities in the state.
“Problem of teachers is one of the challenges, we have the teachers already but some of them are not trained in ECE development.”
The expert is concerned with expanding early learning to enable a child’s brain development.