A two-day capacity building workshop for teachers in Ebonyi on early childhood care and support activities services has been organized by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The National Education Programme Officer UNESCO, Abuja Regional Office Mrs Ngozi Amanze while reading the organisation’s regional director’s address, said that the workshop is organized for teachers in Ohaozara and Onicha Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.
“It is UNESCO’s policy thrust to complement existing efforts by states and non-state actors, in implementing Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) services in participating countries.
He said that UNESCO builds the capacity of teachers and educators on childhood play and resilience as the workshop came within the framework of Victoria Charitable Trust Fund for a China-Africa Collaborative project.
“We are also collaborating with colleges of education in states to ensure that childhood play forms part of teacher– training programmes for good mastery and delivery at classroom levels.
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Amanze said in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2030 Agenda especially SDG 4; target 4, 2 and within the principle of leave no child behind, the project aims to ensure everyone enjoys the right to live, thrive and achieve potentials,” she said.
“The project is implemented in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, where 10 communities are directly benefiting and also in Nigeria: Adamawa and Ebonyi, in four LGA of Numan, Guyuk (Adamawa) and Ohaozara, Onicha (Ebonyi).
He noted that childhood play is a legitimate behaviour and a right of children recognized and enshrined in the convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) of 1989.
“Article 31 of the convention serves to enrich the lives of children and is fundamental to the quality of childhood entitlement to optimum development and well being—cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.
She added that resilience helps children bounce from setbacks and gives them the strength to persevere and forge ahead with life.
The Education Secretary of Ohaozara LGA, Mr Francis Ovia commended UNESCO for the training, noting that it would impact positively on the actions of teachers in the area.
“I urge the participants to take the training seriously to ensure that children receive learning support through the provision of materials and activities for adequate engagement.
Mrs Gift Yabunwa, a participant at the workshop pledged to use provide adequate childhood support to her pupils and other children.