Fatema Agarkar, Educationist and Founder of ACE
By Ms. Fatema Agarkar, Educationist and Founder of ACE
The Indian National Education Policy defines the age group 8 to 11 years as Preparatory Years, the responsibility for nurturing children through these crucial developmental years, the importance of wellbeing and emotional security cannot be emphasized enough. Pre COVID 19, this was an important aspect that educators focused on, but as 200 countries over the world are grappling with these difficult times, there is a need to ensure that children especially in this age group are aware of their emotions, and learn to express themselves, which will lay a solid foundation for the Middle and High School Years.
For me personally, this age group which I call break-away years is that in-between stage that is striving for independence but not yet ready to handle it. Given that there are changes in the way children react and behave from early childhood, their emotional state also undergoes rapid changes, and they need mentoring, guidance, and careful nurturing from adults – both teachers and parents.
With the world threatening to remain status quo, especially in wave of news about the second wave, children who were already in a state of experiencing many hormonal changes, also have to battle with social distancing, anxiety about loved ones being affected, school closure, and cope with continued periods of indoor activities for the sake of their health. While parents juggle with house-hold chores and work routines, and teachers are driven to equipping them with curriculum targets so there is no academic lag when they visit schools in the physical world, unlike the physical world the attention is almost mechanical in the way children’s routines are structured, and the need to create awareness around emotional needs is therefore very important.
So, what are some of the things that we as adults can do for the children:
Research and mental health professionals have repeatedly emphasized the advantages of raising an emotionally secure child, and as adults – teachers and parents, we do not have to solve every problem in our own capacity. I strongly recommend consulting specialists in this field who are trained to intervene as it helps reach solutions quicker and more effectively. For me personally, one less activity or one less mark will be inconsequential if the child is not happy, balanced, agile, and have the energy to be positive. Nothing is worth it then!
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