At the opening of a two-in-one classroom at the Numindogum Elementary School, Numbo LLG in the Yangoru-Saussia district on Thursday, local MP Hon Richard Maru announced that Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority (YSDDA) “will commence a complete external audit of our early childhood schools in the District with recommendations from the Audit to l help the Board of YSDDA in its decision-making regarding the most important learning foundation – the Elementary and Early Childhood Learning systems.”
Maru said that their aim is to develop a 5 year plan to improve the academic performance of all elementary schools across the District based on the recommendations from external experts.
“Quality education starts from the womb. Parents, community and teachers in the District are responsible for the five (5) stages of education – womb, early childhood/elementary, primary, high school and secondary school. We must lay good foundations well so we have smart kids from childhood, who will do well as they enter the formal school system from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in our District School System.”
“That is why we are investing in building modern Elementary Schools in every village so the little kids don’t walk kilometers to attend school. Schools and buildings are not enough, though. Parents must provide nutritional food as well as educate their kids. We must have good quality teachers who are committed to their duties. And every school must have adequate teaching and learning materials, and appropriate syllabus.”
Maru continued “Early Childhood and Elementary Learning systems are key foundations. Our goal is to ensure kids leaving this stage of education must know how to read and write. Knowing how to read and write at an early age will enable them to learn more when they’re in primary and high schools. “
“Our future is YS District must have the most educated, knowledgeable and smartest people in the Province and the country. It’s a big dream, a shared-dream that takes shared-responsibility. It starts with early childhood.” Maru added.
The quality assurance audit will help the DDA to decide on the critical factors and interventions at the District level to improve the quality of education.
The two-in-one classroom at Nimindugo Elementary School includes two classrooms and a teachers’ admin office, funded by YSDDA at a cost of K100,000.
The people of Numbo turned up in great numbers to celebrate this small but significant event.
Story & Pics courtesy of Hon Richard Maru Facebook Page