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.”
“Can you tell us about the events that you have planned this year?”
“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.”
“Anything else coming up after today?”
“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.”
“Over the years celebrating Child Stimulation Month, do you think that it has been effective? Have there been more children coming to pre-school?”
“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.