Millions of children around the world are not enrolled for pre-primary education according to the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) Global Report on pre-primary education.
The report, which was released earlier this year, paints a bleak picture for early childhood development, especially in low-income countries.
Only 1 in 5 children are enrolled in pre-primary education in low-income countries.
The Unicef report looked at the impact of attending pre-primary has on children.
Head of the Learning Model at SPARK Schools Dee Moodley, says early childhood development, such as Grade-R is important to lay a great foundation for a child.
“I would really recommend that parents consider Grade-R, as a preparatory step towards formal education. Children thrive in a conducive learning environment that is nurturing and supportive. They learn social skills, problem-solving and start to understand routines and procedures,” says Moodley.
She adds that making the choice of where a child goes to Grade R is a very emotional decision for a parent. She advises that parents should look for a school that has tools and resources that support social-emotional development, fine and gross motor skills development as well as academic progress.
If children do not get a solid foundation in early childhood it might limit their chances to succeed.
Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore says preprimary education is key to building a great foundation for children.
“Pre-primary schooling is our children’s educational foundation – every stage of education that follows relies on its success.
Yet, too many children around the world are denied this opportunity. This increases their risk of repeating grades or dropping out of school altogether and relegates them to the shadows of their more fortunate peers,” he says in the report.
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Additional source: Unicef