NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The inaugural African conference on early childhood education
ended in Nairobi on Friday with delegates endorsing a communique
to promote numeracy and literacy skills among the continent’s
Kenya hosted the
first conference on early childhood education in Africa that was
attended by about 800 delegates from 48 countries in the
continent with the aim to explore innovative measures required
to transform pre-primary school education and help meet the
future manpower needs.
conference whose theme was “The Africa We Want: A Better Future
Now” resolved to place early childhood learning at the heart of
the continent’s socio-economic transformation agenda.
“We reaffirm that
early years present a time of great opportunity and are decisive
for human development. Realizing Africa’s potential depends on
investments in education for the continent’s children and
youth,” the delegates said.
They stressed the
need for governments to address policy, infrastructural and
human resources gaps that have slowed down realization of
universal pre-primary school enrollment in Africa.
Uhuru Kenyatta opened the first African early childhood
education forum with a call for a paradigm shift in order to
boost intellectual, social and emotional development of young
African states to harmonize policies and share best practice in
order to revitalize early childhood education that is key to
Delegates noted that
access to quality early childhood education is key to the
realization of Africa’s agenda 2063 agenda on growth,
transformation and stability.
“We call upon
African states to prioritize early childhood learning
expenditure in their national budgets. They should provide
incentives that can attract talented workforce in the
pre-primary school learning facilities,”delegates said.
African early childhood education conference urged countries to
invest in health, nutrition, clean water and sanitation that are
key to boosting cognitive abilities among children below five
implementation of curriculum reforms is key to realigning early
childhood learning with evolving demands in the labor market.