Early learning affects the life-long achievements of the child [Archives:2007/1028/Local News]

February 26 2007

Nisreen Shadad
SANA'A ) Jan.20, A workshop held to discuss early childhood development and build the capacity of early care and education programs for children among media surroundings in Soul organization.

For promoting young children's health and development and building comprehensive early childhood systems, Soul made relationships with numerous organizations; both national and international for the purposes of coordinating, integrating and improving access to the quality of health, early education, and family support services for young children and their families.

The ability of the family environment and parenting to shape a child's early experiences may have the greatest impact on young children's development, school success as well as lifelong achievements according to Nouria Al-Khamisi, the coordinator Early Childhood program.

The Early Childhood program focus on children from birth to eight years old, early intervention for at-risk students, pre-Kindergarten programs, early literacy, and partnerships among schools, communities and service providers.

The importance of early care and education resides in its lifelong learning, “Brain development is an ongoing process and learning begins at birth, not at school entry as many believe,” Al-Khamisi said.

Early Learning includes more than building cognitive intelligence through skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, and logical reasoning. It also includes building “emotional intelligence”, “Children need more parent's compassion to be more stable and successful,” Al-Khamisi continued.

Add to that learning encompasses the experiences, conditions, and contexts that facilitate the development of cognitive and emotional intelligence.

Studies clearly show that the nature of a child's early learning environment influences long term academic abilities, interpersonal skills, social achievement, and health behaviors.

Abdullah Al-khamisi, the director of assessment and following up union at the High Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said he is working in the project of adjusting laws related to children. The most important aims of the project are to remove the deficiency and contradiction of the laws and enhance the children protecting programs.

Al-khamisi clarifies the types of the laws adjusted, “they are thirteen laws; children rights law, juvenile law and case laws. We need sever laws who put children in danger as well as interfere with them. Moreover, we want to integrate the age of children in all the laws to eighteen.”

At the end of this meeting, numerous journalists their strong will to carry out this project and enforce the awareness of Early Childhood culture.