Issues of childhood education, challenges, and effects on the society topped agenda at the 4th biennial international conference organised by the Kwara State University Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education.
With the theme “Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in The 21st Century”, the conference held from the 3rd to the 6th of March, 2020 at the College of Education Auditorium and had in attendance participants from the education sector.
Speaking on the occasion, the Acting Vice –Chancellor, Kwara State University, Malete, Professor Sakah Mahmud, reiterated the importance of the programme which is in its fourth year. He expressed satisfaction that many students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education programme, stating that investing in early childhood education is beneficial for a Nation and hoped the Federal government will channel resources towards such programmes.
“If I have my way all students enrolled in the programme will enjoy scholarship. I therefor give my pledge, that Kwara State University will always support the Conference because of the important it has in the education of our citizens. In other societies, governments, individuals, parent spend more money on early childhood education more than even the university system, this is because of its importance. If we don’t get it right at this level (early child Education) it is likely to affect the lives of our citizens” he said.
The University don called on stake holders in the sector to pay special attention to Early Childhood Education.
The H.O.D, Early Childhood and Primary Education, Dr. Temitayo Ogunsanwo was full of appreciation for the support her Department enjoyed from the school management.
Dr. Ogunsanwo said it is not news that the face of education has changed globally in the last ten years as teachers all over the world were working very hard to equip children with the skills that they require for survival in the 21st century.
She noted that teachers not only instill in students the flexibility to adapt quickly to changing technologies, they also foster learning that encourage critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, communication, collaboration, global awareness and social responsibility.
Dr. Ogunsanwo added that today’s teachers require adequate equipment to prepare children to function effectively, in an interconnected world, “they need to be competent in collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving which help students strive in today’s world.”
She said conferences such as this provided a valuable opportunity for researchers, school runners, government officials and other stake holders in the field of childhood education to share experiences.
The Conference had Professor PAI Obanya from the Institute of Education University of Ibadan as Keynote speaker and Professor Folashade Suliaman from the Department of Childhood Education, College of Special and Professional Education, Tai Soalrin University of Education, Ijagun ijebu Ode, Ogun State as Lead Paper Presenter.