ROLE OF PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Chika Constance Anyaegbunam, Abigail Cherechi Anozie

Abstract


This  paper   focused  on   the   role  of  the   professional  teachers   in  early childhood education.  It is observed  that little or no attention  has been  given to this level of education  in Nigerian school system until recently, particularly with  the  enactment   of  the  2013  NPE.  The  involvement  of  professional teachers  at  this cadre  of education   could  help  young  learners  to  achieve more  guided  educational  successes  as  they  navigate  the  other  levels  of education.   Professional  teachers  are  important   for  children,  and  schools have  a  huge  role  in  bringing  out  the  best  in  children.  Good  conduct  is coveted,  but  sometimes  young  minds  need  professional teachers  to polish their personality. Teachers  that  possess  professional knowledge  in teaching early years ensure  that children are given every possible chance  for healthy development and  at the same  time learn crucial skills like listening,  sharing and  taking turns with others,  advice and  assistance  on how to manage  and deal with emotional conflict and personal problems. In pursuit  of this goal,  this paper  further  examined  some  challenges  and benefits  of  early  childhood  education   which  could  be  ameliorated  and facilitated respectively by engaging professional teachers who play vital roles in the training of these early years. The paper argued that appropriate professional teachers  interventions  at an early stage of young learners could contribute to their successful education  as well as maximize their future wellbeing.   It is therefore,  recommended that  professional teachers  should play  an  integral  role  in  early  child  education   in  Nigeria  as  a  means  of enhancing  the attainment  of its educational objectives.


Keywords


Professional-teachers, Early Childhood, Education, Role, Sustainable development.

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