The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), will represent other universities on the National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Education (NaSCECE). The University is represented on the Committee by Dr. Yayra Dzakadzie, Head of Department, Early childhood Education.
This was announced at the launching of the Early Childhood Education Policy Framework and the inauguration of the National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Education at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
National Steering Committee for Early Childhood Education (NaSCECE) would offer the needed technical support for the effective implementation of Early Childhood Education and strengthen the sub-sector.
The Framework, developed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) with UNICEF help, is designed to meet the comprehensive educational needs of kindergarten-aged children.
Speaking at the launch of the framework and the inauguration of NaSCECE on behalf of the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education-designate, said the Early Childhood Education framework is essential for preparing children aged 4-5 with a solid foundation to excel and urged the Committee to be thorough with their work.
“The policy as much as the Committee is essential for the growth of the child as it will position them well for their primary, secondary and tertiary education and enable them to make meaningful contributions toward nation-building,” he averred.
The Deputy Minister of Education-designate said the government had introduced other interventions including the setting up of NaSCECE, teacher exposure to early childhood education and development specialisation, and incentivising teachers to read Early Childhood Education at the Masters level to ensure effective implementation of the Policy.
Hajia Samira Bawumia, the wife of the Vice President, who was the Special Guest of Honour for the occasion, commended stakeholders in the formulation of the Policy, saying it would promote inclusive education and awareness and enhance their wellbeing.
She said the basis for human development was attributed to early childhood education and that the policy brings hope and will bridge the inequality gap in the educational system.
The University of Education, Winneba is the only University in the country with an Early Childhood Department and mentors the greatest number of Colleges of Education with specialization in Early Childhood Education.