UNICEF charges government on early childhood development
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has charged Nigerian government on the need to provide adequate foundation to enhance childhood growth and development.
Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja, UNICEF Country representative, Mohamed Malick Fall, said Nigeria was putting her children at risk of underdevelopment, both physically and mentally.
Fall stated that the country’s national policies are not providing adequate foundation for child growth, stressing that the first five years of the child life involves rapid growth of the brain.
“What we call early childhood development, which includes physical and cognitive support, has a strategic place in the achievement of the sustainable goals,” he said.
He advised Federal government to invest in early childhood development, including services to support caregivers, quality pre-primary education and good nutrition, which would help to secure healthy and productive future generations in Nigeria.
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