When Parents Pave the Way to Quality Education for Their Young Children

When Parents Pave the Way to Quality Education for Their Young Children

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Aileler Küçük Yaştaki Çocukları için Kaliteli Eğitimin Önünü Açıyor
UNICEF
05 June 2020

Under the current measures implemented in Turkey to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, young children continue their education at home with support from their families. UNICEF has compiled some photos received from the parents of children continuing their early childhood education activities at home, despite the pandemic.

 

STRONGER TOGETHER:

Aileler Küçük Yaştaki Çocukları için Kaliteli Eğitimin Önünü Açıyor
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In Şırnak, Muhammed, Esra and Culnar participate in an activity which aims to develop their senses and attention; instead of a table they use their backs. Families, including mothers, fathers and other caregivers, play a key role in supporting the learning and development of young children, even more during the COVID-19 crisis. For the past few weeks, UNICEF Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs have been delivered through remote methods with the provision of supplementary early learning activities for young children as well as tips for parents and caregivers through mobile phones

 

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN GENERATIONS:

Aileler Küçük Yaştaki Çocukları için Kaliteli Eğitimin Önünü Açıyor
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Cudi, Berken and Yusuf are learning how to colour! Grandmother Hayriye helps her daughter taking care of the children while the whole family is confined at home due to COVID-19. The children and their grandmother are spending quality time together, learning from each other while engaging in Early Childhood Education activities as a family. Every day, approximately 4,500 Syrian and Turkish families are receiving 3 activities on early learning through remote facilitation and support from more than 200 trainers ECE facilitators.

 

DISCOVERING NEW SKILLS:

Aileler Küçük Yaştaki Çocukları için Kaliteli Eğitimin Önünü Açıyor
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In one ECE activity, young Havle is learning how to make sculptures from salt dough at her home in Osmaniye and developing her motor skills, creativity and imagination.  Families like hers participating in the home-based ECE program are receiving daily activities and guidance by phone from GAP facilitators and then implementing them with their young children safely from home.

 

ABOUT THE UNICEF ECE PROGRAMME IN TURKEY:

The “Supporting the Access of Syrian and Turkish Children to Community and Home-Based Early Childhood Education Services Programme” has been running since 2016 and aims to support increased access to early learning by both Turkish and Syrian refugee children living in disadvantaged communities and regions.

Under the COVID-19 crisis, the primary aim of the ECE distance learning programme is to support parents and other care­givers in creating developmentally appropriate and stimulating home-based learning and playing environments for young children. Parents, both mothers and fathers, are encouraged to create a daily schedule with their children (including mealtimes and snacks, handwashing, learning time, and rest periods), and are given guidance to engage their children in structured activities that can be implemented using simple materials found at home.

The programme is implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the South Eastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Regional Development Administration and the Development Foundation of Turkey (TKV), with technical support from the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV). To date, the programme has reached almost 50,000 at risk children aged 4 and 5 years in 11 provinces of Southeast Turkey.