Growth – When A Child Is Ten!

By Kelechi Eleanya

 

The Next 100 Years: One Child’s Journey
How She/He Will Live, Love And Never Really Die

Growth refers to a measurable increase in some quantity over time. This can be physical, such as growth in height and weight, and it can also be growth in an amount of a thing. When this growth is continuous, it results in development.

Children have various stages of growth, and they manifest different traits and characteristics within these stages. Before age 10, the child is educationally in an early grammar stage where he/she is mostly dependent upon his/her concrete sensory experiences for learning. To put it in computer lingo, he/she is still “booting up”.

Around age 10, the child enters a more intense phase of the grammar stage, where his/her brain becomes physically able to make more complex connections, which, among other things, makes the child more able to handle abstract concepts and helps the child with self-management and self-control.

A child growing up, therefore, has different issues to face, such as adjusting to school, telling the truth, establishing a foundation for learning, getting ready to read and write, and a lot more.

Reaching age 10 should be seen as a great achievement for any child, given that so many children fail to attain that age.

The world is fighting to cut the current under-five mortality rate by two-thirds by the year 2015. The under-five mortality rate is the probability, expressed as a rate of live births per 1,000 in a specified year, of a child dying before reaching the age of five when subjected to current World Health Organization age- specific mortality rates.

There is a glaring need to close the gap in Africa, according to an Organization of Economic Co- operation and Development report. Africa already had very high child mortality levels when the goals were established in 1990 (154 per 1,000 live births), rendering a two-thirds reduction less likely.

So, as we celebrate the 10th birthday of that girl and that boy today – let’s remember so many other children globally who, too, need to reach this age.

Will these children make it past age five? Are we fully prepared to provide the needed support and investment across the globe?

Let us reflect. Let us make a lasting investment to have more children past the age of five hit the age of 10 and beyond.





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