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Early childhood education vital—expert

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A two-week Global Education summit organised by Children of The Nation (COTN) International is underway in Lilongwe with a special focus on early childhood education.

According to COTN founder and president, Chris Clark, at least six country directors and education directors drawn from different countries such United States of America, Uganda, Sierra-Leone, Dominican Republic and Malawi are participating at the summit.

In an interview with The Daily Times, Clark said pre-school education is vital as it forms the basis of any child’s future.

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“We have to make sure that every child that comes into our care, up to five years old, especially pre-school, has the opportunity to be educated well. We believe that if they don’t thrive by the time they are five-years-old, then they will struggle all their lives. So, we have come together to challenge each one of our team, Directors, on how we can make a difference in their communities. By focusing on this age-group, we are expecting that some of the best opportunities will come out for the children,” said Clark.

He added that the first summit was held in Uganda with a focus on best practices in education, adding that by bringing the leaders together, it will enable the team to have a common approach.

On her part, COTN International Education Director, Wendy Brown, indicated that in order to have quality education, there is need to build a strong foundation, hence the summit.

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She, therefore, hailed COTN International for organising the summit, saying it will go a long way in bringing out the best in children.

COTN’s vision is to raise children that transform nations through family homes and community homes.

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