SAVE the Children Fiji's northern co-ordinator Mere Krishna has hailed the recent Early Childhood Education Week in the north a success.
"The support from the stakeholders, including teachers and the community, has been very empowering as people came together to support the pre-schoolers," she said.
"Early childhood education is an important stage in any human's life and this is the base or the foundation of a person's education.
"We have been running awareness programs during the last week and seeing the response of school management and parents to our awareness has been very uplifting," she added.
Mrs Krishna noted the Nabukadogo Kindergarten in Macuata where the school management, with the help of villagers, had opened a bank account to financially assist the development of the children and the school.
"Villagers are ensuring that all contributions made in the bank account will be diverted exclusively to the development of the kindergarten," she said.
"Nabukadogo is just an example of how the joint effort of all stakeholders is important to better and ensure a brighter future for our young ones.
"It takes a community to bring up a child and the joint effort of all stakeholders in the community is needed to better our pre-schoolers," she said.
During the week, 495 preschoolers from 25 kindergarten schools in the greater Labasa area were also taken on tours to the three major essential service providers — the National Fire Authority (NFA), Labasa Police Station and the Labasa Divisional Hospital.
This was part of an educational excursion organised to educate the children on the services provided by those institutions and how important their role was in society.