Master of Science in Journalism
Faculty / School
Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)
Shahzeb Ahmed Hashim, Lecturer, Centre for Excellence in Journalism
Abstract / Summary
I would like to bring to notice the importance of early child development because the early years are crucial for the development especially the skills that are going to help children succeed in life. Basically, I would like to focus on the natural development of the human being from birth to maturity, enabling children to become the transforming elements of society, leading to a harmonious and peaceful world.
Emotional well-being and social competence provide a strong foundation for emerging cognitive abilities, and together they are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development.
Generally, development happens in the same order in most children, but skills might develop at different ages. For example, children usually learn to stand, and then they learn to walk. But this development can happen any time between 8 and 18 months.
Investing in early childhood education can be a powerful way to reduce gaps that often- put children with low social and economic status at a disadvantage. Studies show that the returns on such investments are highest among poorer children, for whom these programmes may serve as a stepping stone out of poverty or exclusion. The main reason for giving prominent attention to mental development from conception through the first 24 months of life is that early unfavorable conditions can impair the normal development of the brain.
In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second. After this period of rapid proliferation, connections are reduced through a process called pruning, so that brain circuits become more efficient. Brain architecture is built over a succession of “sensitive periods,” each of which is associated with the formation of specific circuits that are associated with specific abilities
Siddiqui, Z. S. (2019). Early child development amid the pandemic (Unpublished graduate research project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/research-projects-msj/20
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