Aga Khan Foundation’s Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP), in which ECD centres are giving children of all faiths aged 3-6 time and materials to play to boost their cognitive development. MECP has benefitted more than 20,000 children since its launch in Uganda in 1993, by establishing 90 ECD centres and supporting 63 existing pre-primary schools.
By Riana Topan – Communications Fellow, West Nile Area Office Aga Khan foundation (Uganda)
Children spend much of their early years learning about the world. They practice walking, talking and socialising with others, continuously observing their surroundings and trying to make sense of everything they experience. There are many ways in which children learn about their environments, but arguably the most effective is play.Through play, children develop important cognitive, socio-emotional and physical skills. They use their imagination and creativity, interact and communicate with others and exercise their fine and gross motor skills, all while having fun. Importantly, children also draw on past experience when playing to invent games or play out scenarios, so they constantly reflect on what they have seen, done, watched or heard. Exploration, discovery and play are, therefore, critical parts of a child’s early development.
More at the source: Children learn best through play – Daily Monitor
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