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Early Childhood Development (ECD) and its Importance
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

“The first five years have so much to with how the next eighty years turn- out”

- Bill Gates

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is involved in humanitarian work throughout the world. This makes the man in-charge an authority to express his views on ECD or Early Childhood Development. It is said that: “a child’s mind is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” Contrary to popular belief, this “paper” often becomes is open to marks even before the baby is born, i.e., while still in the mother’s womb, the child is affected by things going on in his/her surroundings.

“The early years of human development establish the basic architecture and function of the brain.”

– J. Fraser Mustard

Research has shown that brain development in the first five years is the fundamental point from where the entire character of the child starts to build. It determines how he’ll spend the rest of his life. Everything from the extent of satisfaction, optimism, happiness, growth, physical ability etc. is given a sense of direction in these early years of the kid’s life. A kid that is left unattended in these critical years develops mental and sociological disabilities for the remainder of their lives. These kids fail to achieve the mental ability that is required to become potent individuals and a creative part of the society. Therefore experts stress the need to focus on what your child is exposed to from an early age.

“ECD has taken its place in the economic literature besides schooling, on job training, in public health and informal learning.”

– David Dodge

Every kid’s first learning centre is their mother’s womb. It is also regarded as the most prestigious learning centre of all. Science has shown that a fetus hears and records events and conversations after its hearing senses are developed. The fetus is able to hear everything happening on the outside and it plays a part in shaping his personality. It has been seen that kids whose mothers are subjected to injustice and harsh treatment through pregnancy, turn out to be damaged individuals. They have a hard time accepting the good things in the world and turn out to be hateful individuals looking to hurt the society in any way they can. This is the extent of damage pre-natal development does on a kid and this emphasizes forever more, the magnitude of ECD’s importance.

“Human capital interventions should include, in addition to cognition and “academic smarts”, social adaptability and motivation.”

– James J. Heckman

Humans are social animals. For truly concerned parents, it is important to instill in children a sense of responsibility; the urge to give back to society in a positive manner. To be compassionate to those less privileged than an individual. Humans are like assets, they are something you invest in and then wait to reap the benefits of your hard labor. Some experts have called them the greatest asset which in developed properly, gives a return manifolds.


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