Pune: In accordance with the ‘EDUFEST 2019’, the Early Childhood Association (ECA)-Pune Chapter has proposed to lobby with the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry of the Indian government and urge the department to form a national policy and guidelines for pre-primary education.
The inaugural function of EDUFEST 2019 organized by ECA kicked off on Thursday, July 4 under the management of Aditya Tapadia, National Core Committee Member, ECA and Territory Heads of ECA- Insiyah Rahim, Harshita Sharma, MasarratTavawala at MCCIA at Senapati Bapat Road. The Edufest will be on till July 6th and will have training sessions for pre-school teachers and support staff
According to Aditya Tapadia, the association wants the ministry to undertake quality assessment check for all pre-schools, which have been mushrooming in every street corner across all cities in the country and more than 70-80 percent of the teachers lack necessary training skills and fail to offer significant education to the children.
“ECA had a detailed discussion with former HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar on various issues including the planning of appropriate curriculum for pre-primary section, carrying out quality audit for the schools and conducting a mandatory entry and exit quality tests through ECA for all teachers and trainers. We have also noticed that several schools coerce students between the 3-6 years age group to read and write, which is inconsiderate and should be stopped. A child’s early years play a crucial role in his or her development,” said Tapadia while speaking at the inaugural function of EDUFEST.
“The new curriculum, known as Aakaar (Shape) which has been designed to ensure early childhood care and education by using playful methods should be included in all preschools and should not be restricted only to Anganwadis. We have also set up a list for enhancing safety standards in each school to ward off any untoward incidents,” added Tapadia.
The festival, will focus on the development and involvement of all pre-primary teachers, trainers and workers across India and about 1000 teachers and 300 pre-primary schools will participate in the festival held on July 4, 5 and 6 where the teachers along with the workers will be given training in how to run a pre-primary centre and how to handle toddlers.
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