Malaysian Minister of Education Mr Mahdzir Khalid enjoyed a first-hand look at how the French early childhood system works when he visited an ‘ecole maternelle’ (pre-school) in Paris on 10 October 2016.
Mr Khalid, who was taking part in UNESCO’s Executive Board, visited the Ecole Maternelle Publique Alleray in Paris where he spent time with three different classes of children aged between 3 and 5 and later exchanged ideas with staff and representative from the French education system.
Mr Khalid later spoke to UNESCO about the crucial importance of early childhood education and his country’s many efforts to boost its quality and reach.
“The world today is facing new challenges in terms of quality, equity, durability, sustainability and inclusivity. We need to equip our children with knowledge and appropriate skills to face new challenges in future.”
“If we get it right from the start, that is the early years, we know that children will thrive throughout school and their adult lives,” he said.