ISSUES AND TRENDS
Over the past weeks, we have had the opportunity to explore the early childhood field from the views of other organizations in the United States and across the world. In the beginning of the class, I tried to contact several individuals who are in the early childhood field that are internationally abroad. Unfortunately, none of the individuals responded to my request of personal contact so that I could learn about early childhood education from their own country and personal knowledge. However, I did experience a wide variety of knowledge from websites that focus internationally on the early childhood field.These websites have been so beneficial for me in learning about other countries and how important early childhood education is in their country. The website that I focused on was NAEYC which is the acronym for National Association for the Education of Young Children and the UNESCO.
The three consequences of learning about the international childhood field for my personal and professional development are:
1. I had the opportunity to learn about poverty across the world, but it had an impact on me when I realized how many people in my own community who were struggling with the issues of poverty. It also was a major reality check for me because these people were my neighbors and I never knew how they were being affected physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally with the stressor of poverty.
2. I also learned that many people across the world do not have access to education. The lack of access can be directed to diversity in language or families needing their children to work, rather that have a good education.
3. I also learned that equity and excellence plays a role in the education that a child receives. The UNESCO believes that all children should receive education across the world.
My goal is to continue to establish international contact from an international professional so that I can obtain knowledge about the poverty issue in that particular country. I believe that as an early childhood professional, it is my goal to advocate against the issue of poverty, therefore I want to be supportive and productive in declining poverty for young children and their families across the world. I believe that by having collegial relations I will be able to gain more insights about poverty from other individuals in the early childhood field.
Furthermore, I have really enjoyed reading all of your blogs, insights, and comments over the past several weeks. I wish all of you success as you journey toward your educational goals.
Best of Luck!