Our children's future depends on early childhood development

24.03.2016 16:42


“The first years of a child’s life are a huge opportunity to realise children’s rights for their own sake, for society and the world”,

said Maria Jesus Conde, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria 

Today, 24 March 2016 - A round table on “Early Childhood Development - reality and possibilities” took place in “Iztok” Hall of the National Assembly in Bulgaria.

The discussion is under the patronage of the chairman of the parliamentary commission on healthcare - Dr. Daniela Daritkova, and is organized by the Bulgarian Pediatric Association, UNICEF Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Red Cross. 

Professor Vladimir Pilosoff, chairman of the Bulgarian Pediatric Association; Ms. Maria Jesus Conde, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria; Professor Konstantin Koychev, Bulgarian Red Cross representative; Anthony Thompson, Permanent Representative of the World Bank in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia; Lazar Lazarov, Deputy- minster of the Labour and Social policy; Yordanka Fandukova, Sofia municipality mayor; Maya Vassileva, Australian programme for early childhood development, and others participated in the discussion on the challenges and opportunities when it comes early childhood development.

“Early childhood is a remarkable period during which children’s health, behavior and ability to learn are formed. It is precisely because of that the first years of a child’s life are a huge opportunity to realise children’s rights for their own sake, for society and the world”, said Maria Jesus Conde, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria. 

“As part of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent’s international movement, the Bulgarian Red Cross directs its efforts towards building a society that copes with the various contemporary challenges in the best way possible. One of the most important prerequisites for the formation of a correct response seems to be the development of the individual in the first 7 years of life and his/her growth as an active participant in community processes. This is why the BRC works towards the self-development of communities and individuals and improving their resilience when it comes to unfavorable conditions”, said Prof. Konstantin Koychev, Bulgarian Red Cross representative.

“The balanced approach towards a child’s emotional, social, cognitive and linguistic development sets the foundation for good results in school, at work and in society as a whole – later in life. The right development of a child’s brain requires a stable, caring and interactive relation with meaningful adults. In such way, the supportive and nurturing environment starts from home, but continues and has to be supported by numerous other structures and programmes”, said Prof. Vladimir Pilosoff, chairman of the Bulgarian Pediatric Association.

Contemporary scientific understandings regarding the importance of early childhood development when it comes to personal development, the future of society, countries and Bulgaria in particular were discussed at the round table.

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For more information  
Jacklin Tzocheva     
Communication Officer,
UNICEF Bulgaria 
Тel.: 02/9696208 

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