Give attention to equal early childhood education – association tell governments

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Lagos.

The Early Childhood Association of Nigeria (ECAN) has called on governments to ensure that every child, regardless of  his background or location, has equal access to quality early childhood education and healthcare.

The National President of ECAN, Prof. Babajide Abidogun, made the appeal in a statement he issued on Monday in Lagos.

Abidogun said that Nigeria could not  ignore the issues affecting its youngest citizens.

“Early childhood development is a critical phase in a child’s life, laying the foundation for their physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that every Nigerian child receives the care and support they need during this crucial period.

“Investing in early childhood education and healthcare is not only an investment in the future of our children but also in the future of Nigeria,” he said.

Abidogun added that quality early childhood programmes would provide children with the needed tools to succeed in life, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.

“We must also address the disparities that exist in access to early childhood services across our great nation.

“Rural and underserved communities should not be left behind.

“This momentous occasion – independence anniversary celebration – not only marks the progress we have made as a nation but also reminds us of the responsibilities we bear towards our youngest citizens,  children, who represent our future.

“Our diversity, culture and resilience have shaped our great nation, making it a beacon of hope on the African continent,” he said.

He said that there was the need to inspire children to have laudable dreams and work hard to achieve their aspirations.

“ I call on all stakeholders, including government officials, educators, parents, and communities, to join hands in building a brighter future for our children.

“Let us commit ourselves to nurturing the potential of every Nigerian child and ensuring that they grow up in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment,” Abidogun said. 

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