The Power of Play: How Parents and Caregivers Can Foster Holistic Learning

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

The International Day of Education, which is an annual event celebrated on January 24, recognizes that education is a human right, a public good, and a public responsibility. This global day foregrounds the critical role of education in improving people’s lives and promoting development, harmony, and mutual respect. While formal education is often delivered by the government, it is parents and caregivers who are children’s first and greatest teachers. From birth and through the life course, parents are guiding, responding to, and engaging with children to stimulate and promote their socioemotional development alongside other skills and competencies.