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Circle of Love

In a rural community in the north of Nicaragua, a group of mothers and fathers meet in an Early Stimulation Circle, where they learn how to advance their children’s physical and emotional development.

Plan International Nicaragua runs Early Stimulation Circles in coordination with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Family. Activities include simple, practical exercises intended to stimulate growth and development among young children. This allows them to exercise their right to play and learn while interacting with others.

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In addition to acquiring knowledge and skills leading to positive parenting practices, the learning process includes preventing sexual abuse, a rights and gender equality approach and hygienic behavior. In addition, parents prepare the materials they use and come to understand that it is not expensive to promote their children’s health.

Elton is one of the 28 boys and girls who attend an Early Stimulation Circle. “He now takes a pencil, something he couldn’t do, and spends his time drawing. He eats alone, without spilling his food, since his hands don’t tremble as much anymore. Also, he relates to other children, when before he just watched them play, but now he tries to do exercises. It’s like he’s got over his fears a bit,” says his mother.