OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
A Non-governmental organisation, Foundation for the Promotion of Early Childhood Care and Development, FPCD, in Nigeria, has called on policy makers and stakeholders in the education sector to include children in their policy formulation to make life worth living for them.
The call was made at a two-day strategic planning writing workshop organized by the NGO and sponsored by Africa Early Childhood Network based in Kenya.
While declaring the workshop open, Mrs Margaret Abosede Akinware, FPCD, said there are many policies in different sectors such as health, nutrition, education, agriculture but the government has not shown adequate commitment in the areas of funding, operation and monitoring, therefore there is no uniformity in the operation of early childhood development programme.
She hinted that FPCD would strive hard to coordinate and bring Nigerian voice to bear on national, regional and global decision making domains and action around early childhood development.
She added that the vision of the NGO was to ensure that young children in the country grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, able to develop and attain their full potential in line with the convention on the rights of the child and the provisions of the Nigerian integrated early childhood development.
During his presentation, Mr. Nathaniel Ajiteru, the Head of Local Government Administration, Oyo West Local government gave the details of government’s strategic plan and implementation since 2005 with the focus to improve the environmental and sanitation conditions of citizens.
Mr. Olumuyiwa Ashimolowo from Early Childhood Association of Nigeria (ECAN), who spoke on Early Childhood Development: Confronting the Disconnect, identified a wide disconnect among the stakeholders of education (parents, teachers, government) in Nigeria.
After several hours of deliberations, participants agreed that the goals to be focused on in the next 5-Year Strategic Plan should include protection of children at-risk as a result of poverty, promotion of access to adequate, affordable and sustainable water and sanitation in Nigeria, strengthening of capacity building of early childhood development workforce to meet global expectations and sustainable development goals.