Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers are urged to work beyond secular classroom teaching to acting as parents before their learners for holistic child growth.
Dr Anna Ninsiima Kakoraki, a Makerere University don, says transcending classroom duty is among the drives for training ECD teachers so they can inculcate vital inclusive knowledge in learners at an early age.
She says by playing a parental role, ECD teachers contribute to learners’ educational wellbeing as the latter feel comfortable with them, thus, properly grasping the knowledge instilled into them.
The don adds that to drive it home, ECD teachers are being trained in home management so they can keep with learners like in a home environment.
“Parents and children should feel that ECD teachers are mothers and fathers at school who can ably handle kids in a parental manner in order to gain confidence in their pupils for better academic attainment,” she says.
Dr Ninsiima urges parents to ensure that they return their daughters to school after giving birth in the process of pursuing their education so they can achieve their goal of attaining their academic ladder and a promising posterity.
“Although it hurts parents seeing their daughters become pregnant while in academic institutions, it is better not to carry on with the anger. You should take back your daughters to school so they can complete their studies,” she urges.
This as a chief guest at the 14th graduation of 78 ECD teachers for Hoima Nursery Teachers’ College at Kiganda cell in West Division, Hoima city.
Among the graduands who received certificates from Makerere and Kyambogo Universities were men who the don says are an inspiration to others that ECD is for both men and women to combine synergies aimed to develop kids academically.
In his speech, the college coordinator cum Kitoba Sub-county Chairman in Hoima district, Mr Elisha Kaliisa, revealed that the more than 20-year-old college has since its inception passed out at least 6,000 graduates from all over Bunyoro and part of Buganda.
The occasion was characterised by poems presented by nursery school pupils and cultural dance at the college premises Friday, June 24, 2022.