This morning several Government Ministers met with representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The high-level meeting held in the Cayo District was focused on GOB’s pushed to strengthen Early Childhood Development in the country’s education system. Minister of State in Education, Dr. Louis Zabaneh says the discussions were held, to chart the way forward for the increased investment and scaling up of the important advances made in early childhood development in Belize.
Dr.Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State, Education: “Today we had four line ministries where we discussed the next five years plan for early childhood development. We had the Ministry of Human Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economic Development and it’s important for us to work together on this very important issue of understanding how our children develop. That is is from the womb that there are certain things that we need to look at to ensure that our children are born healthy, that the relationship with the mother and the child is one of love that fosters the growth of the child. It was discussed here today for example that it is around the ages of 2-3 years that the brain develops and is able to handle certain knowledge and forms the basis for everything else that happens. Their learning capacity etc that’s the very very sensitive and important time and so early childhood development is very important because it involves from parenting right through to birth of the child right through to the nourishment of that child, the home environment before they actually enter preschool and what we need to do in preschool.”
Zabaneh also noted that the meeting was held under the theme “Reimagining Early Childhood Development: Investment in Early Years”.