The Global Education Summit convenes this week in London, gathering in virtual or hybrid form. It offers an extraordinary chance for the world community to focus on the vital role of education in transforming lives.
Nankinga Justine’s childhood was taken away from her all too early. Now that she is a teacher, she ensures that her students are making the most of theirs. This World Teacher’s Day, let us celebrate the teachers who were patient enough to play and sing with us.
This little indoor playground looks like utter colourful chaos. Blank pages smeared with rainbows and imperceptible shapes. The air resounds of age-old songs and simple poetry. There is a grown-up here, but she too is immersed in the madness. But there is a method to this madness.
When you think of play, an all too familiar sense of nostalgia usually follows. However, did you know the art that you painted with your fingers, the clay that you moulded or the block towers that you built with your imagination as a child, would determine your behaviour today?
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31, “every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities”. It is with the goal of ensuring this right that BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) started piloting 50 play centres in both rural and urban areas of Bangladesh since June 2015. This large-scale project, which will be piloting play centre models for the next five years, will cater to children as young as six months, to up to five years of age.
Everyone, from Save the Children, Plan International, and UNICEF, to BRAC, agrees that the early years are critical to a child’s overall development. How best to invest in those early years is a fertile topic for exploration and debate among academics, scientists, and policymakers. What if early childhood and adolescent development was also seen as a potential career path for women?