People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Ministry of National Education
National Institute for Research in Education

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Innovation from an Early Age: A Mechanism for Improving Education and Investing in Human Capital

On June 2, 2024, the National Institute for Educational Research organized a scientific event on the occasion of the World Day of Childhood, which falls on the 1st of June each year. A study day was organized under the title “Innovation from an Early Age: A Mechanism for Improving Education and Investing in Human Capital”. This scientific event was attended by a group of resident researchers at the National Institute for Educational Research.

The objectives of this study day focused on promoting an innovative educational environment in the early educational stages, highlighting the role of educational curricula in developing innovation among children, and integrating a culture of creativity in educational guidance as a mechanism for improving the quality of education.

The study day also addressed several main themes, including: promoting an innovative educational environment in the initial educational stages, the role of educational curricula in promoting innovation in these stages, integrating innovation in educational guidance as a mechanism for improving the quality of education, and benefiting from pioneering experiences in promoting innovation in the early educational process.

The program of the study day began with the national anthem, followed by a welcoming speech by the Director of the Institute, Professor Dr. Radia Bernaoui. Then, a single scientific session was held, chaired by Dr. Hakim Bouamama, and Dr. Djahid Boutaleb acted as the rapporteur. The session included four valuable scientific presentations:

Dr. Fadila Saadat’s presentation focused on the importance of the Montessori method in promoting the spirit of innovation among children in early childhood. She explained how to design an educational environment that stimulates creativity according to this method, by providing educational activities focused on sensory and practical learning, encouraging exploration and experimentation. She also clarified the role of the teacher as a facilitator and guide for the child’s self-learning process.

On the other hand, Dr. Sabrina Kebal’s presentation was concerned with strategies for developing innovation in preparatory education curricula. She listed effective strategies such as problem-based learning, cooperative learning, and critical and creative thinking activities. She also emphasized the importance of incorporating these strategies into curricula in an integrated and systematic manner.

In her presentation, Dr. Nariman Maamir addressed strategies for promoting innovation in education in general. She reviewed a set of modern strategies such as project-based learning, learning through play, and learning using digital technologies. She also highlighted the role of the school environment in stimulating creativity and innovation.

Finally, Dr. Said Chibani’s presentation focused on the STEAM system (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) as an integrated educational approach to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young learners. He explained how to design educational activities that combine these different fields in an interactive way, which helps develop problem-solving skills and creative thinking among children.

This study day provided an opportunity for substantive and purposeful scientific discussions on the topic of promoting innovation and creativity among children. At the end of the event, the researchers expressed their gratitude and appreciation, and a set of important recommendations were drawn up to develop an innovative educational environment for the early educational stages.