A lecturer at the Catholic University College in Sunyani, Dr Lydia Sarponmaa Asante, has urged all parents to ensure that their children who are of school age attend school.
She gave the advice at the maiden Graduation and Speech and Prize-giving Day of the K.NAS Montessori in Sunyani, the Bono regional capital, last week.
She said it was false to assume that pre-school education was not necessary and stressed that sending children to kindergarten was not a waste of resources.
“I encourage parents to ensure that all toddlers get a pre-school education because it has a lot of benefits such as improved social skills and aids in the child’s brain development”, Dr Sarponmaa Asante emphasized.
She reiterated that the first few years of a child’s life were a moment of rapid development for the brain and that every experience and interaction in these years help shape the growing brain.
“Research has shown that during early childhood, brain structures respond to learning experiences, environmental influences as well as emotional interactions. The mental manipulation during these processes causes the brain network, also known as neural networks, to grow stronger, faster and more durable”, She noted.
The ceremony had 24 pupils passing out of the school with various awards in literacy, numeracy, writing, reading, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), social subjects, dancing, creativity, punctuality, good behaviour and improved performance.
Also present were the Chief Executive Officer of K.NAS Montessori, Mrs Antoinette Adjei; the Managing Director, Mr Isaac Adjei; the General Manager, Mr Felix Baidoo, and some parents and guardians of the graduands.
Fear of God
The MD of the school, Mr Issac Adjei, in an interview said the motive of setting up the school was to inculcate the love and fear of God into the young ones to guarantee their future.
The pupils entertained the guests with nursery rhymes, choreography displays and a sketch on a story about the prodigal son in the Bible, depicting the unflinching love of God towards His children, regardless of their sins.
On her part, the CEO of K.NAS, Mrs Antoinette Adjei, said the school believes in using technology to address modern challenges, and that an ultramodern library, information communication technology (ICT), and laboratory facilities have been set up in the school to enhance effective teaching and learning.
Also on safety, Mrs Adjei noted that each child has been given an electronic access control card which allows entry to parents for drop-offs and pick-ups to and from the school compound.
She seized the opportunity and reminded the general public to take advantage of the coming academic year and enrol their wards with the school, as plans were afoot to extend the school from class 6 to JHS 3 come next year.