The classroom of Anaheim Preschool is for children ages 2 to 6 years of age. At this age, children possess the unique ability to absorb information from the environment like a sponge. Many countries recognize the need for quality early childhood education but in Africa there is lack of investment in this aspect of education and clearly affects those who need it most.
The Day of the African Child originated from an appalling tragedy in 1976 when a protest participated in by schoolchildren ended in bloodbath. The children were protesting the poor quality of education and why minority foreign language is being in schools. More than 40 years after the tragedy, children from many African countries are still deprived of their basic right to have a quality education.
Ninety percent of a child’s brain development happens before the child reaches the age of 5. This means that the early years are very important in providing a foundation for learning. When a child received pre-primary education, he becomes better equipped for primary school. It is also unlikely for the child to drop out of school.
Millions of children are at a disadvantage even before they enter school because of the serious issue of lack of investment in early childhood education. Large parts of Africa have exceptionally low rates of early childhood education with only 1 in 4 children who are aged 4 to 5 attending some form of preschool in sub-Saharan, West and Central Africa.
If every child can attend preschool, the world will be healthier, wealthier and kinder. These were the words of Theirworld President Justin van Fleet during the launching of Leaving the Youngest Behind. Everybody must look at the origins of Day of the African Child and how the lack of an early childhood education is threatening to wreck havoc on the future of millions of young children in Africa.
Quality preschool education is offered at Anaheim Preschool to set a strong foundation for learning. Preschool teachers are trained to assist and direct without directly interfering with the child’s natural desire to be independent. Children are provided the freedom to practice and improve within certain limits.