The CBC curriculum is finally here; what is your role as a Parent?
What comes to mind when you hear of math? Complex terminologies and calculations perhaps? Algebra, integers, differentiation, vectors, even BODMAS? I am sure they evoke memories of sleepless nights back in school, and several remedial classes for some of us. Here’s an invitation to do some math; a different kind of math, fortunately. The parenting math!
Well, this kind of Math sort of sobers me up and I’d like to share it with you. You only have 18 years legally to have the upper hand on your children. Once they turn 18, they are legally adults and they are allowed by law to engage in all adult stuff. As a mother of a 9 year old and a little girl just turning 2, I must be conscious of the limited time I have to mold them. Let’s break down the math.
0 to 5 Years
The first five years are the most critical in a child’s life. According to research, your child’s brain develops faster in this 5 year period than in any other time in their life. The early brain development has a lasting impact on the child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and indeed in life.
Have you heard the statement that we’re all 5 years old plus experience? This refers to the fact that 90% of the brain develops within the first 5 years of life. These early years presents the parents with the greatest opportunity to develop connections that the child requires to be a healthy, capable, successful adult. Surprisingly, the connections for higher level abilities like motivation, self-regulation, problem solving, and communication are also formed in these early years; or not formed. You have to go out of your way to impart as much as you can during this formative stage.
5 to 10 Years
Between the ages of 6 to 10 years, your little one is not a baby any more. In fact by this age, your child is already going to school and is developing an identity of his/her own. This stage is characterized by incredible intellectual growth. During this time, the child has genuine love for education and is eager to learn new skills. As the children step out they learn about the world outside the relative comfort of family life. They are working on their independence and it is important that parents provide their children the opportunity to experiment and make mistakes by providing them with some autonomy and responsibility at this age.
10 to 13 Years
The ages of ten to thirteen are the transition years in your child’s life. Your little one is now referred to as a pre-teen. This stage is one of the greatest rites of passage for both the child and the parent. This is the onset of puberty and it is the most dreaded period of the parent-child relationship. During these years of transition, the foundations that you had set for your child are actually tested and they will be the anchor on how you manage the turbulent teenage years of your child’s life. The rollercoaster period of teenage years is setting pace, however, as a parent you don’t need to endure these critical years of your child’s life, it is more important that you learn what your child is going through and help your child navigate this turmoil times they are facing physically, mentally, and emotionally.
13 to 18 Years
When the child reaches his/her thirteenth birthday, they are in their teen years. During these years (13-18), the child is moving from quiet, passive childhood to a raging season of rapid brain maturation. And not just the brain, but their entire body will be experiencing physical changes that are unprecedented in the earlier years, safe for the child’s first year. Your role as a parent is to understand what your child is going through and support him/her in the transition towards adulthood.
So, clearly, as parents we really do have the work cut out for us. We need to brace ourselves for this noble role, put on our full parenting regalia, and march forth in ensuring that we raise healthy, capable and successful ( depending on how you define success) children. So, how do we go about it? One thing we all must appreciate is that, other than our parenting styles, our children’s future outcomes will definitely be influenced by the kind of curriculum that they are exposed to. A curriculum is a set of courses, lessons, or academic content that is exposed to students regarding what they need to learn during their school years. Hence, when calls on curriculum reviews or curriculum changes are made, we can’t afford to sit on the backbench and be passive about it.
This year concludes the pilot phase of the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). It has had its triumphs and its challenges in equal measure. However, what we all know and appreciate, is that there was need for a curriculum review or overhaul. Out with you 8-4-4, you stayed way too long; hello CBC. Hurray! Here we are!
According to the just concluded review of the extent of CBC implementation; Education CS Amina Mohammed acknowledged that from a report on internal evaluation of the CBC curriculum, the overall quality of the CBC implementation is at 56%; six points above the international benchmark of 50%. So guess what, the new curriculum is officially here to stay and it will be fully implemented this coming year. Knowing that, how prepared and empowered are you in steering your child’s educational outcomes?
On Saturday the of 3rd November 2018, Learning Gaps Center has organized a Parents event at the All Saints Cathedral from 1-4 PM, to deliberate on our role in this new curriculum. A team of education stakeholders are invited to ensure that all your questions as regards to the implementation and the rolling out of the new curriculum are answered and more so, to be able to get tips on how you can actively engage and partner with your child’s school in ensuring that our children reap the most from this new curriculum.
The charges are 1,000 only. Book your spot via Mpesa Paybill Number 598796 Account Number LGC. In case of inquiries you can reach us on 0757 924784. See you there!