NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African governments and their bilateral partners
will rededicate efforts to revitalize early-childhood education
to realize sustainable development, senior officials said here
scholars and campaigners who attended the inaugural African
Early Childhood Education Conference agreed that improving
numeracy and literacy skills of young ones is key to achieving
economic progress and social harmony in the continent.
Kenyatta, in his opening remarks, urged African countries to
harmonize policies on pre-primary education and share best
practices that would transform it amid higher demand for skilled
childhood education is not only a human right embedded in our
constitutions but also a prerequisite to achieve the desired
prosperity in our continent,” Kenyatta said.
“We should therefore
share knowledge, experiences and best practices that are needed
to promote intellectual, physical and emotional development of a
child,” he added.
The conference seeks
to reignite a conversation on promoting early childhood
education that has been identified as an enabler to achieve the
continent’s growth and transformation agenda.
The Kenyan leader
said that curriculum reforms, coupled with investments in
enablers like clean water, sanitation and nutrition, are key to
boosting the cognitive abilities of young learners.
“It has been
established that investing in quality education for the children
has immense returns to any country,” Kenyatta said, adding that
Kenya aims to achieve universal pre-primary school enrollment by