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Nov 9, 2012

Early childhood development will be focus of ministries

To make a cohesive plan will take the concerted effort and planning from the Ministries of Human Development, Health, Education and non-governmental organizations. Criminal activities, including murders, have been carried out by the hands of youths. Perhaps that is why Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation says that joint effort for a social protection plan will focus on early childhood education.


Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation

“We’re looking at the entire social protection system and how we can harmonize that, but we are starting at the point, very concretely, at early childhood development for a number of reasons. We’re looking at where we can get the best bang for buck. And we are not saying that social protection looks at what people need to help them to deal with their vulnerabilities across the life cycle. But what we know is that investment in early childhood development—and there is overwhelming evidence for this—that investments yield the highest results. If you get children off to a good start; that bodes well for the rest of their life. And it is a more solid investment to invest earlier on in that platform than later on you have to be catching up. Catching up because you have to do remedial education with them or second chance education and the returns to the society for those; they are more expensive and they have more returns. So we are really trying to start logically at the beginning with a strong foundation. And that’s why we’re focusing on early childhood development.”


Jose Sanchez

Judith Alpuche

“That’s a difficult task considering that a lot of the at-risk kids come from homes where the parents themselves need some sort of remedial training. If there isn’t an enabling environment how do you truly help that child if you don’t reach the parent?”


Judith Alpuche

“But that’s the beauty of it because if you deal with very young children, you have to deal with families. You cannot deal with a child in a vacuum; a child has especially young children, they are a part of family system, they are part of a community. So by virtue of the fact that you are entering at the point of early childhood develop, you are talking about dealing with the fundamentals: dealing with the family environment; parents are the family givers of all children, but particularly very young children. So that’s the beauty of starting with early childhood development and I guess that’s why the returns are highest there. When you enter at that point; when you deal with what a very young child—one, two three—from birth to eight, when you deal with what that child needs to ensure optimal development by definition; you are dealing with families and communities.”


The weeklong session concluded today.

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2 Responses for “Early childhood development will be focus of ministries”

  1. Storm says:

    “Give me a child until he is 7, and I’ll give you the man.” St. Francis Xavier supposedly said that, and the Jesuit Order is based on that principle. I think it is a sound one.

    Just be sure that the people who are directing the early childhood development follow sound and accepted goals, not a radical agenda. I’ve read in the States there is a lot of controversy where some school districts have contracted with gay and lesbian organizations to conduct “sex awareness” classes with children as young as 6.

    If government teaches reading, writing, and arithmetic well, and responsibility, our kids will be better off. Let the churches and families teach the other values.

  2. Bel Can says:

    Channel 5 please do a story about resources available to families dealing with sexual abuse. Lets get the information out there on where these families can get the help they need. Access to counselling for the victims and assistance in prosecuting the abusers. This issue needs to come to light as unreported and untreated abuse of any kind can seriously hinder healthy early childhood development.

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