In the early 1970s, the learning method in Nigerian schools migrated from moonlight storytelling to different activities such as running, dancing, climbing, and rolling.

This was seen as a practical educational transformation aimed at improving the performance of pupils while building their mental and emotional muscles in their day-to-day lives.
One can recall, how this system of learning positively fine-tuned the children’s creative skills for science and innovation.

This type of impactful learning has contributed immensely as pupils use their creative ideas in manufacturing what is seen today as innovative skills, thereby producing all forms of electronic gadgets amongst others.

Many believe this type of learning can be replicated in the 21st century. Still, the reverse is the case as most parents claim that excessive play may lower their children’s ability to learn, forgetting how they learned in the olden days.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), however, in its desire to bring back the glory of early learning, organized a two-day media dialogue on early childhood education in Sokoto State to boost the media capacity as it moves towards returning the educational structure to status quo for safer generations.

A visit to Magaji Abdullahi Nursery school, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto state, in the North West geopolitical zone of Nigeria, to assess how far it has adopted the use of playing materials in boosting the learning of pupils in the state.

A four-year pupil, Alami Sani, who spoke in an interview, gave insight into how his carrier is built, thus expressing confidence in his aspiration to become the president of the federal republic of Nigeria to alleviate the current hardship faced in the country.

Others who spoke, including Hamaratu Aliyu and Sumaila Dandaje, also reeled out how play-based learning has positively impacted them.

Consequently, a parent, Kabiru Dandi, and the head teacher Kulu Bala commended the state’s early childhood education, adding that the pupils are motivated due to various engagements.
They hinted that most pupils go through emotional trauma when denied coming to school, and advised that ECE should be prioritized in schools and communities.

Speaking during the media dialogue experts throw weight on why Nigeria should encourage early learning for a child’s brain development.

In spite of the success story of Sokoto state’s use of play-based learning via the Reggio Emila method, experts say more commitment is needed to ensure that every child is carried along irrespective of their location.

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