“Did you know that a baby can hear, feel, be glad or sad even when he or she is inside his mother?” asked Mrs. Sheila, our ECD Specialist in ChildFund Bolivia.
Immediately, a choir of “YEEEEEES!” filled out the exhibit room where more than 50 children from 10 to 12 were present. They were visiting the Book Fair and became interested in ChildFund’s presentation. Their teachers also asked many questions about how to interact with babies and toddlers.
The date was August 7th and we received an invitation from the CONGI (International NGO Coordinating Agency) to participate at the International Book Fair in La Paz to share all the material ChildFund developed for its Early Child Development program with funding from Barnfonden.
Children from the “4 de Julio” Public School were visiting the Book Fair with their teachers and were interested in our material and the subject of the exposition. “It is a pleasure to talk in front of this special audience. Boys, girls and some children with disabilities were the perfect group to talk about early childhood development,” tells us Sheila, from ChildFund, who was very touched and had a big smile on her face.
After the exposition, children showed much interest in the materials such as the early childhood development backpack used by our Local Partners staff to carry material needed to work with children under five in home visits. This material has friendly tools that volunteers and mother guides can use with the small children.
Our visitors had the chance to ask about the infantometer and the scales used to measure weight and height, and the games to stimulate development with their small brothers and sisters. The children’s participation filled the room with energy and that special joy of “being a child.”