4. QUALITY EDUCATION

Focusing on Filipinos between ages 0 to 4

Focusing on Filipinos between ages 0 to 4
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Focusing on Filipinos between ages 0 to 4  The Manila Times

Focusing on Filipinos between ages 0 to 4

Brain Development and the Importance of Early Childhood Care and Development in the Philippines

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  1. Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  2. Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
  3. Goal 4: Quality Education

Introduction

BRAIN development grows fastest for children between the ages of 0 and 4. Children with enough nourishment and care develop their minds and bodies faster and thus will be ready for school later on.

Sadly, such is not the case in the Philippines. Malnutrition and its effect, stunting of the mind and body, stalk the young. The Philippines ranked 69th out of 121 countries in the 2022 Global Hunger Index. With a score of 14.8, we have a moderate level of hunger.

The Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCD)

In theory, the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCD) would work in tandem with the local government units (LGUs) to shape policy and implement programs for the very young. However, to date, there are only 15 plantilla positions in the ECCD council.

Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, said the limited number of plantilla positions prevents the body from engaging LGUs to implement its programs.

Gatchalian stressed the need for the ECCD council to have enough manpower. He proposed the reallocation of some ECCD council funds for the plantilla positions. The senator suggested using some of these funds to create plantilla positions for the ECCD council instead.

Key Functions of the ECCD Council

  • Implementing the national ECCD system, which covers health, nutrition, early education, and social services development programs for children until the age of 4.
  • Developing a national system for early identification, screening, and surveillance of young children ages 0 to 4.

Government Actions to Improve Children’s Well-being

First, the government must invest in accessible and affordable health care facilities, particularly in underserved areas. This includes maternal health services, vaccination programs, regular check-ups, and pediatric care.

Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve infant health. The government can implement policies and programs that promote and support breastfeeding.

Moreover, many families struggle to afford nutritious food for their children. Government-led programs, such as food assistance and subsidies, can help low-income families access healthy foods.

Early childhood education programs also play a crucial role in promoting child development. Government initiatives that offer affordable and high-quality early childhood education can help children build cognitive and social skills.

Unhealthy food marketing targeting children is a significant contributor to poor nutrition. Government can regulate advertising and marketing practices that promote sugary and processed foods to children.

The health of a child often begins with the health of the mother. The government must prioritize maternal health services, including prenatal care, to ensure that mothers are physically and mentally prepared for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

Conclusion

Children between the ages of 0 and 4 represent a critical demographic in any society, as this early period is foundational for their growth, development, and long-term health. The government and stakeholders should focus on ensuring the nutrition and well-being of the young. Our children deserve no less.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 2: Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality Education

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • Target 2.1: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round.
  • Target 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
  • Target 4.2: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

  • Indicator 2.1.1: Prevalence of undernourishment
  • Indicator 3.2.1: Under-5 mortality rate
  • Indicator 4.2.1: Proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning, and psychosocial well-being, by sex

4. Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 2: Zero Hunger Target 2.1: By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round. Indicator 2.1.1: Prevalence of undernourishment
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being Target 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births. Indicator 3.2.1: Under-5 mortality rate
SDG 4: Quality Education Target 4.2: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. Indicator 4.2.1: Proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning, and psychosocial well-being, by sex

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