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#401477 - 03/02/11 03:37 PM Preschoolers Parade for Child Stimulation Month
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For the past twenty-seven years, preschoolers have marked the beginning of March with a parade through the streets, promoting early childhood education. Today that tradition continued countrywide, as the activities for Child Stimulation Month got underway. The events planned for the next thirty days are tailored to encourage parents, not only to enroll their children in pre-school, but to actively support them in that important period of development. Delda Blades Franklin, the Preschool Officer in the Ministry of Education, gave News Five a rundown of what’s coming up this month.

Delda Blades Franklin, Preschool Officer, Ministry of Education

“Child Stimulation Month is celebrated every year in the month of March. We want to create awareness in the general public so people can know the importance of sending their pre-school aged children to pre-school. It is very important that at a very young age our children be stimulated since that is the time in the child’s life when the brain is rapidly developing.”

Delahnie Bain

“Can you tell us about the events that you have planned this year?”

Delda Blades

Delda Blades

“It started with a church service; each school had church services and then today, which is the first of March, this parade is being done throughout the country: Corozal to P.G., west and also in the cayes.”

Delahnie Bain

“Anything else coming up after today?”

Delda Blades

“Yes, we have a number of activities. We have a number of activities. We have some days that we call special days like culture day, hug day, flag day and we also have the pre-school children’s festival of arts, which begins the fourteenth of this month and it runs through the nineteenth.”

Delahnie Bain

“Over the years celebrating Child Stimulation Month, do you think that it has been effective? Have there been more children coming to pre-school?”

Delda Blades

“Oh yes. I think that many more parents are aware of the importance and they send their children to pre-school. We also have a number of new pre-schools that have opened its doors throughout the years. We just want to ask parents to support the child’s pre-school and to be a part of all the activities that they can because it is very important for the parents to support the children, especially at this age.”

The month of activities will close with a rally at Bird’s Isle.

Channel 5


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#401546 - 03/03/11 03:25 PM Re: Preschoolers Parade for Child Stimulation Month [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Child Stimulation Month Is On

Every year the Ministry of Education sets aside March as Child Stimulation Month. It started off yesterday with a parade in all 6 districts. Today Early Childhood Education Officer, Margret Williams told 7news what else is on this month's agenda.

Margret Williams, Early Childhood Education Officer "We began in each district with the parade and we have urban and rural parades, then we have other special days we have days like hug day flags day, sports day and we do have a week set aside for pre-school children's festival of arts in each district as well I mean Belize City, ours will be at the Bliss Center for the performing arts, and it runs from the 14th to the 18th and then on the 19th we have the rural schools doing theirs, on just that special day, and then we have our closing activity which is the rally, that will be held at Bird's isle and we are inviting all our parents, all our supporters to come out and in other words, just come out and support all the activities that we are having."

Monica Bodden
"What is the importance of child stimulation month?"

Margret Williams: Early Childhood Education Officer
"We believe that we need to get out there and create the kind of awareness about the importance of early childhood education and we are looking not only at the pre-school years, which for us is the two years and 9 months to the 4 years and 9 months but to span the whole early childhood areas which would be birth or before birth to eight, because we find out that if we start early there is a window of opportunity between birth and five when we can give the children all the skills that they need and we believe that if we can catch them within that period then, thing would happen, things would change, and what some of the problems we are having now, we would not be happen later on. So we are hoping to change the whole believes system of some off our parents that early childhood is not importance and for them so see and for them as parents, they have a roll that they most play."

The theme for this year's Child Stimulation month is "Parents, educate your child".

Channel 7


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