Launching of the Interdisciplinary Proceedings Publications for the year 2011 and the Published Modules

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booklaunchEarly Childhood Education for holistic development of the child

The Faculty of Education launched the Interdisciplinary Proceedings Publications for the year 2011 and Published Modules, on Monday 27th January 2014, at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Lang’ata Campus.

Giving his keynote address, Dr. John Teria Ng’aisike, PHD, Department of Early Childhood Studies at Kenyatta University, mentioned that African culture is less appreciated in Early Childhood Education and is the target of systematic replacement. In addition, Universal prescriptions of Early Childhood Education (ECD) override or ignore local circumstances.

Quoting (Pense, 2008) who wrote on ECD Policy Development and Implementation in Africa, Dr. Ng’aisike affirmed that “The philosophy and vision of ECD programs in Africa, targeted for investment by multilateral and bilateral organizations such as World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, and OECD among others, is likely to reflect Euro-American thinking about childhood, thus denying Africans the opportunity to bring up their own children.”

In his recommendations Dr. Ng’aisike emphasized that we need to: Increase opportunities for collaboration, networking and sharing research among academic institutions; The Ministry of Education in Kenya should lead in conceptualizing the correct interpretation of ECD; Recogize ECD professionals; Produce local materials for use in literacy development in ECD; and protect African young children from influence of external content at the formative period, for proper attachment to their culture and family.