UNICEF and Israel promote early childhood learning in Myanmar
Yangon, 06 March 2006 – Today UNICEF, Israel’s Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV), the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Education and Training launched the first of two back-to-back trainings on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Development.
The training workshops will explore ways to provide children with appropriate learning activities according to each individual child’s needs and stage of development – incorporating modern child development theories into concrete strategies for early childhood programs in Myanmar.
“By developing learning activities that correspond to each child’s interests and abilities, we can help build their self-confidence, improve the quality of their educational experience, and enhance their prospects for intellectual growth,” said UNICEF Education Chief Niki Abrishamian.
During the training workshops, experienced early childhood educators from across Myanmar will develop strategies to help inform families about early learning opportunities, and ease children’s transition from home to school.
One of the main outcomes of the trainings will be a set of guidelines, specific to Myanmar, to help educators identify activities that nurture young children’s development. Trainees will also explore means of identifying and assisting children with developmental delays and learning disabilities.
“By fostering the growth of quality early childhood education services and establishing stronger partnerships between families, schools and communities, we can help give Myanmar’s children an important head start in life,” said Ms. Abrishamian.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes children’s right to an education. Myanmar ratified the CRC in 1991.
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