First Lady Jeannette Kagame has called upon the public to offer significant consideration of early childhood education.
Mrs Kagame was speaking in Kigali, Thursday, at the inaugural graduation of Premier ECDE Teachers College (PECDTC) where 41 teachers completed early childhood education studies. She urged graduands to seriously consider the education of children to provide them with good foundation while building good nation’s future.
She also reminded that good foundation starts when the infant is conceived up to six years old, urging graduands to consider that and help everyone understand the theory.
“We need your contribution in helping people understand the importance of considering infants’ education even before they are born. It is your responsibility to educate children and train their caregivers on good early childhood education,” said the First Lady.
She was also optimistic that their skills will be instrumental in building the country and urged them to create jobs in the education sector.
PECDTC was established in 2013 to help improve early childhood education and contribute to the country’s Vision 2020.
Nyirantagorama Françoise, principal of PECDTC, said a good education foundation helps children into seamless socialization and adapting to different learning environments.
That foundation, she said, helps a child learn different sports, feel comfortable with colleagues, develop love for school and discover talents they might have.
“Strive for starting nursery schools around the country and teaching in early childhood development centres in order to help improve the country’s education,” Nyirantagorama told graduands.
Nursery schools in Rwanda have increased in number from 1,870 in 2012 to 2,757 in 2016
Isaac Munyakazi, Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, said the first graduation ever in the field of early childhood development and education is a milestone in addressing the challenge of qualified teachers.
He asked graduands to put into practice their skills to bring change in Rwanda’s education.
Diane Kayitesi, a graduand, said they have acquired extensive skills that will bring about a change in childhood education. She said they have committed to help other teachers and parents understand better how to offer early childhood education.
Graduands include 21 who have been awarded with diploma in early childhood education and 20 received certificates after completing short courses.