DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez on Monday stressed the need to support the early education of children through the day care centers mandated to implement early childcare development programs.
Fernandez spoke during the graduation of a total of 1,995 pupils in 46 day care centers in the city during their mass graduation at the CSI Stadia.
“Children who completely lack access to early education also miss out on basic classes such as hygiene, sanitation, health and nutrition,” she intoned.
According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the things the children learned in the day care centers are critical in laying the foundation for their development, added Fernandez.
The mayor stressed, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. And this we can through our early learning programs in our city.”
Recent study reveals that around two million children aged 5 to 7 years old are already part of the country’s labor force and around one million of them never had a formal education and are lacking in good nutrition.
“We do not want our children in our city to suffer the same plight. This is why we are trying our best to send your children to our day care centers,” she said.
She said she is proud to say that in day care centers, the children experienced different social and emotional interactions with teachers and other children from which they can learn and practice proper communication, exercise their creativity, and learn respect and self-discipline,” said Fernandez in her graduation message.
She said she intends to continue implementing child education in Dagupan, because of her belief that “our children are the true wealth of our city.” PNA / northboundasia.com