Here at Learnxplore, our goal is to make basic education fun and accessible to everyone, including out of school children who do not have access to quality education. You may be wondering, why basic education? And what is it really all about.
Basic education, simply defined is the fundamental knowledge and skills that are important to the holistic growth and development of a child. It comprises of information that every child, by time they approach teenage years is familiar with. It meets the basic learning needs of every individual and ensures an equal level of education for everyone.
The second target of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education) “Early childhood development and universal pre-primary education” covers basic education. Basic education is key for Early Child Development.
What is early child development?
Early child development refers to the early development stages of a child from birth till about 8 years old. It is a vital stage of the child’s learning process, the stage where they develop cognitive, emotional and social skills.
Every other stage of learning and development is affected by the early years of a learner. It sets the foundation for children to develop critical skills that will be beneficial to their future.
The relevance of basic education in early child development
Every child has the right to education, regardless of the type of home they come from or what country they live in. It is important to note that children are given basic quality education to have the desired impact.
A lot of children attend school without actually learning, this could be as a result of lack of trained teachers, poor materials and facilities which in one way or another affect the learning process of the children. Here, we see why basic quality education is essential for the development of a child.
During the early years of a child’s life, the brain develops in rapid and significant ways. This is a period where positive development influences will have great impact on the child. It is when the brain is most receptive to learning.
You probably have heard of feral children. If you have not, they are children who grow up isolated from human contact. When discovered, it is always difficult to adjust to society and some never fully adjust. When discovered, they display the mannerisms of the animals they lived with such as walking on fours, growling, eating raw meat and many other animal characteristics.
This is because in the early stages of their growth and development, at the point where their brains were most receptive to learning, they were not exposed to normal human conditions and they became accustomed to what they learnt at that stage of their life and that is why the change is difficult. This just shows how crucial basic education is to early child development. What they learn helps to shape who they become.
Literacy and numeracy skills
The two fundamental skills learnt in basic education are literacy and numeracy skills. They are essential to learn all other subjects the child will take in higher classes. Literacy skills help them in learning to talk, read and write. It helps to develop their creativity, communication and language development. They must be able to understand the language of instruction of any subject they will take to have the best learning experience and fully understand all they are taught.
Numeracy skills help them to deal with everyday problems such as sorting and counting, which will later help with subjects like mathematics and algebra. At Learnxplore, we have Workbooks and even flashcards that focus on building numeracy and literacy skills of children. These workbooks can be used as assessment for students, to monitor their understanding of these skills.
Social skills and teamwork
This is the point where most children first come in contact with other children on a daily basis. They are able to learn how to engage with others and communicate effectively with their peers, express themselves and make friends. Students get to collaborate with other students and learn to respect the opinion of others and work with them.
Enhanced attention span
During their early years, children are fascinated by a lot of things, especially in a new environment. To help build their focus and attention span, they can participate in activities such as drawing, painting, and other untraditional methods of learning to better their attention span. Constantly engaging in these learning activities helps improve their concentration.
Out of school children
Children are out of school for so many reasons, from poverty to war/tragedy. This greatly affects the education of a child. However, if a child can have access to basic quality education, it can go a long way in their development.
In basic education, they learn to read, write and count which is required to learn and understand most other skills. With that, they can learn beneficial skills even out of school. Everyone has a talent, for some, they need just this basic education to help them utilize and maximize their talents profitably.
Our aim remains providing quality education for all children including those who have no means or aid of learning, thereby giving them a chance to make something great of themselves.
Basic education has such a great role to play in the holistic development of a child. The level and quality of this education serves as a foundation for their future development.