Help Raise ₦1,324,000 to Fund Cecilia Joshua’s Corrective Surgery

21-year-old Miss Cecilia Joshua, a native of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State contracted spiral meningitis in 2005, which was not immediately detected until she developed a severe brain disorder that has left her in acute medical condition. After a lot of trouble in finding the right hospital and coming up with the needed finances, the first surgery was performed in 2006. A tube was inserted from her brain into her bowels to drain the fluid. Unfortunately, the tube turned out too big and this has resulted into Cecilia experiencing severe pains, she most times struggles to sleep at night and she has to do everything slowly which has deprived her of living her life to the fullest daily as a young girl. In addition to the difficult circumstances, Cecilia lost her father to high blood pressure, leaving her mother, Mary Joshua, to care for her and her four siblings. Now, Read More

The Developing Brain: An Early Window Of Opportunity For Learning

Long before a child enters the classroom, inequities can create a lasting imprint on the architecture of the brain. Recent research on brain development casts new light on the formative influence of early childhood experience. In the first few years of life, a child’s brain creates 700 to 1,000 new neural connections every second, a pace that later diminishes. These early connections set the foundation on which later connections are built. The new research shows that nutrition, health care and interaction between children and their caregivers can help with brain development in early childhood. Conversation, repeating and connecting words in meaningful contexts, and early exposure to literacy through reading and play are all positively associated with language skills. Conversely, frequent exposure to chronically stressful events in infancy, including nutritional deprivation and violence, can affect children by damaging neurons in areas involved in learning and emotional development. In other words, these Read More