Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
The Roles of Family and Community in Ensuring Quality in Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Development of the Nigerian Child
Author(s): Bosah Ifeoma Patience, Obumneke Okeke M.I., Obidike Ngozi Diwumma
Abstract: Quality early childhood education for sustainable development of the Nigerian child can not be achieved in the hands of the government and private individuals alone. The family and community members must be involved and this is why this study examined the roles of family and community in ensuring quality early childhood education for sustainable development of the Nigeria child. Descriptive survey design was used for the study. The study is limited to all the 43 public early childhood education centers attached to public primary schools within Awka south educational zone. The instrument for data collection was a 15 item questionnaire adapted by the researchers. The findings of the study among others revealed that both the community members and parents accepted their roles for quality early childhood education to include among others provision of teaching learning facilities in the schools, establishment of active PTA meetings that will assist in formulation of polices and decision making. The researchers concluded that to ensure quality early childhood education, the families and communities must stand up to their accepted responsibilities. The researchers recommended among others that the government should through the ministry of education organize capacity building workshops annually for the parents and communities to educate them of their expected roles towards ensuring quality early childhood education for sustainable development of the Nigerian child.