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ECDE teachers urged to be creative and innovative

12 August 2013, 18:27 Arap Yego

Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers and practitioners across the country should hold regular meetings and conferences just like their primary and secondary counterparts, with the aim of sharing ideas and finding solutions to challenges facing the sector, a Bungoma educationalist has said.

Speaking over the weekend at a conference that brought together nursery teachers from Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties held at Kanduyi Children’s Home, Tom Amwanzo, the director of St. Ann’s ECDE Teachers College Bungoma said the sector plays a critical role in the society and that its stakeholders should have regular brainstorming sessions.

“When ECDE practitioners in the country meet at conferences and seminars, they will be able to interact and exchange ideas. They will learn how to cope with the challenges they experience at their stations from the experiences of their colleagues,” said Amwanzo, who is The Kibabii University College Sports officer.

He added that ECDE teachers should attend many seminars in order to keep at breast with the changing education system and improve their  skills in order for them to be better equipped to shape the destiny of the learners.

Amwanzo challenged the teachers be creative and innovative in their work saying that it is important for them to develop learning materials that will entice the young kids and make them enjoy being at school.

He said learning materials used in teaching nursery learners are very essential and called on the stakeholders in the education sector to help in developing such materials.

The director also noted that ECDE teachers are a demoralized lot after the government neglected them yet they are also professionals like all public and private teachers.

“Let all the ECDE teachers be employed by teachers service commission and be seconded in their counties to stop unnecessary misunderstanding in future, as there is no proper structure or schemes of work to guide them,” said Amwanzo.

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