Screen_Shot_2016-03-01_at_7.59.55_PMAn early education is an early investment in the future, and educators take that very seriously. Today marked the kickoff of Child Stimulation month celebrated every year in March. This year the month is being celebrated under the theme “Early Childhood Development, the Foundation for a Brighter Belize.”

In Corozal Town 30 out of 37 preschools within the Corozal District participated in the first activity of the month as pre-schoolers…accompanied by their teachers and parents marched along the main streets of Corozal.

Similar to educators here in Orange and across the country, teachers in Corozal Town will be kept busy throughout the month of March says childhood education officer for Corozal, Maria Correa.

Maria Correa Early Childhood Development Officer

“We invite the whole community to join us in all the activities for stimulation month; we will be having tomorrow at pre-school level we will be having read all out and they will be having invited guest to read for the students, then on Thursday we will be having a health fair at the dental clinic right here at the clinic from 9 to 2 and then on Friday all the teachers will be going to the national storytelling and we will be having church service at the Corozal  Methodist Church starting from 8:30 then we will be screening here at the Corozal Education Centre; a whole team of doctors comes from abroad every year and they sponsor a health clinic checkup for all the town preschoolers and they will be here on the 8th and then on the 11th the sports day with all the preschools will be here and then on the 15th we will be having Corozal Festival of Arts and on the 15th we will be having two sets one in the morning and one in the afternoon from 9 to 11:30 and in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 and then on the 16th we will closing with the Early Childhood Education Expo whereby we will be working along with the Human Development and the Ministry of Health.”

For educators in Corozal the aim of Child Stimulation Month is to motivate parents to enrol their children in preschool so that by the time they are ready for Primary School they will be well equipped.

Maria Correa Early Childhood Development Officer

“Right now we are trying to get more enrolment in the preschool because right now if you noticed and if you heard the three year old they don’t have a lot of enrolment here and I think it is a problem throughout the whole country so we invite all those parents who have not enrolled their preschool children as yet to join the preschool and studies have shown that the children when they go to infant I they are more ready because here we gear into skill base in theme and topics and they learn the numbers, the pre math, pre reading , letters, scripture reading, tracing and school setting and all those skills that the child needs to know before entering the preschool.”

Correa also wishes to remind parents that the education Department is there to assist and advice when it comes to early childhood education.

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