5 Ways To Give West Papuan Children Their Best Start In Life

West Papua
Source: Rnz

We all agree that children are important for the future of humankind. It does not matter where they all come from. Even children from West Papua, Indonesia, deserve the best support to have their best start in life.

Yes, there are still many challenges that we need to deal with in terms of West Papua development. However, that does not mean that we can give up now. Even little by little, help provide these children with the best health and educational access.

The Tips For West Papuan Children

West Papua
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These tips are from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). Since these tips are for children’s welfare around the world, they may also be applicable for children in West Papua:

– Encourage early learning for a head start to school.

There are one million connections per second that a baby’s brain makes. When a child turns three years old, their brain still develops actively twice as an adult’s. The first five years of a child’s life are called ‘the golden years’. When one learns more skills that early, they get to learn them better later. Regulating emotions and actions get the children an early head start for school.

One of the West Papuan mothers, Felina had no time to take her five-year-old little girl to pre-school. As an exchange for that, she took Yuli to work every day. Yuli learned about fruits and vegetables from the ones her mother picked in the fields before selling them to the local markets.

Thanks to UNICEF’s support to local pre-schools in West Papua, Felina can now take her daughter to school every day before she goes to work. When Yuli comes home from school, she is a much happier child – with lots of stories she tells her mother about what she has learned that day.

– Show more creativity in building blocks.

It is already common knowledge in child development that building blocks are important. Especially more colourful, building blocks are tools to help them to stimulate learning. Some toys can help babies and toddlers to learn some complex lessons. For example, they drop a rattle to the ground and learn how objects fall. Bang a spoon against a bowl, and they can hear a noise and learn how to make it themselves.

– Provide nutrition to develop strong bodies and minds.

A healthy child needs the best nutrition that they can get. It supports not only their physical development but also their brain growth. In the first couple of years of a child’s life, 75% of the meals go to their brain. Unless they have allergies, your little kids can have anything the whole family also eats.

Your child’s main energy source comes from solid foods at a year old, including healthy snacks. Give them three quarters to a cup of food, three to four times a day. They can have one or two snacks between meals. Keep breastfeeding them until they turn two years old.

– Provide a playtime challenge to boost the child’s brain.

Scaffolding is one way to provide a playtime challenge for your kid’s brain development booster—for example, the point at building blocks for your two-year-old so they can build a tower. Compliment them every time they succeed at something past their expected abilities.

– Listen to their little voices as part of their communication skills.

Communication is all about speaking and listening too. Respond to your little ones every time they cry with soft, kind words. Babies copy sounds automatically before they learn to form a word.

These five (5) tips are suitable for all children and help West Papuan children get the best out of their early start before school.