Successful academic performance by a child hinges on the parent’s skill to prepare the child for school
Ulaanbaatar, 20 January 2010 – The knowledge and experience of parents and other members of the family are critical in supporting early-childhood development. Proceeding from this premise, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (MECS) and UNICEF have developed the second in the series on toolkit for parents to support family-based childhood development in video format which is launched today. This toolkit contains tips that will help family members support physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of children 4-6 years of age. Part 1 of the family-based early childhood development toolkit contains a set of tips for parents on supporting the growth and development of children 0-3 years which was distributed to families and parents in remote rural areas in 2009.
“Family-based development of children aged 4-6 years is extremely important because a child will enter school at the age of 6. Children who are not prepared well for schooling but are admitted are vulnerable to become low achievers in learning, repeaters and even face the risk of becoming dropouts” emphasized Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative, in her opening remark. The rate of school dropouts and repeaters is particularly high starting grade one and what is more, this is the age which determines the kind of student the child is going to grow up to be. It has been established that a child who has done well in grade one will unquestionably do well in upper classes and adapt to the school life well.
“MECS and UNICEF are also engaged in organizing a series of training to help contribute to the knowledge and experience of parents and guardians with regard to preparing children for school” said. However, there is a growing need to make continued effort to change the tendency of parents to entrust the growth and development of their children entirely on schools and also staking entirely on agencies providing services to children.