The Member of Parliament for Krachi West, Hon Helen Adjoa Ntoso, has called on government and stakeholders in education to urgently invest in holistic services for early childhood education, especially those in the deprived areas of the country to give them the best start in life.

According to her, early childhood education which is the foundation for inclusion in the lifelong journey has been totally neglected and investing and ensuring early universal access to education should be given attention.

She noted that most of the early childhood education institutions have been neglected such that, even Toys for the children to play with are hardly provided, a situation, she added could affect a child foundation.

Hon Helen Ntoso was speaking at the maiden Madina Best Teachers Awards organized by the MP for Madina, Francis Xavier Sosu, to mark his one year in Parliament last Friday in Accra.

She said this could be done by paying attention and investing with adequate allocation of resources to Early Childhood Development (ECD) services, emphasising that an enhanced investment would help the early childhood institutions to provide the necessary services in the area of child protection, stimulation and early learning from Crèche.

Hon Helen Ntoso

Early childhood education is key as the most disadvantaged children are more likely to be denied the opportunity to have a good start to their education.

Hon Ntoso who is a Teacher by Profession, commended the Madina MP for recognizing the work of teachers in his constituency, stressing that the teachers receiving the awards should Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is their reward not only on earth but also heaven.

She applauded the Madina Teachers and teachers around the country for their sacrificial jobs over the years to impart knowledge to the future leaders of the country.

It is right to remind the government of its commitment made in the fourth UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on education to ensure that all young ounces, thus both girls have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

At the Madina Teachers Awards, Fourteen teachers were presented with deep freezers and refrigerators, with the best teacher, Mr Clement Oscar Gaisie of the Madina 1 Junior High School (JHS), going home with a brand-new Toyota Vitz saloon car.

Some Headteachers and education administrators from the constituency were also rewarded at the event dubbed “the Service above Self Best Teacher Awards” held on Constitution Day last Friday.

The Madina Best Teachers Award was organised in collaboration with the Sampson Amoateng Foundation and attracted notable personalities such as the running mate of the NDC in the 2020 elections, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Campaign Manager of the NDC in the 2020 elections and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi.

In his speech, Hon Francis Sosu said education was one of his priorities when he was elected as MP, so he had decided to put teachers at the centre of his educational agenda.

Early childhood education in Ghana

Teachers, he noted, performed an essential role in national development and teaching was pivotal in human existence and transformation.

He added that to achieve the sustainable development goal on quality education, teachers must be recognized, celebrated and well resourced.


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