“Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime … studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works.”
--President Barack Obama
State of the Union, February 12, 2013
The world has become a global place because of the quick access to information; many thanks to the current social media growth. We are now able to learn from all parts of the world at the speed of light; for those who choose to. The time has come for Nigerian stakeholders to look into Early childhood Education.
President Obama in his statement showcasing his vision to transform America's education during the Democratic National Congress in 2012 spoke passionately about Early Childhood Education. He is now putting his words into action after his State of the Union address a few days ago. If the U.S.A; still tagged as having one of the world's best educational system are planning to include the Pre-K class into their public school system, (by the way Pre-K is our Nursery school version), why should not follow this great example swiftly and start chasing our dreams. Whether we like it or not, the future of Nigeria lies in the hands of these young ones. We give them a high quality education from birth, they churn out a better Nigeria for us. I am hopeful.
The evidence of the importance of Early Childhood Education is clearly highlighted in the picture I got from the blog of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - www.impatientoptimists.org.
See picture below