Early Scope

Redefining education in Sunrise State

February 18, 2016 | VIJAYAWADA

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The government will take lessons from the concept of ‘Bala Badi’ that stresses the need for learning through playing, singing and dancing.– FILE PHOTO

As part of the govt.’s ‘school-readiness’ programme, school clusters will be established as pilot project

In its quest to redefine pre-school education in the State, the government is planning to set up its own pre-schools with a novel ‘school-readiness’ programme. To begin with, a cluster of schools will come up in the State as a pilot project.
 

“Among the reforms being introduced in school education to help children in the Sunrise State keep pace with the contemporary patterns of education, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is keen on starting government-run pre-schools,” said Sandhya Rani, Commissioner of School Education.
 

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is developing a curriculum that will be implemented in the proposed schools. The Education Department, in coordination with the Women and Child Welfare Department, is working on the modalities of the new programme.
 

The move will also help put in place a set of coherent guidelines for pre-schools. The existing private pre-schools are not governed by any stipulated norms. They neither come under the Education Department nor any other authority.
 

“The State will draw lessons from the concept of Bala Badi, designed by Sodhana,” said Ms. Sandhya Rani, citing the examples of States like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, which, she said, were also looking into similar proposals.
 

Sodhana has been recognised as a State resource centre for providing quality training to teachers of Early Childhood Education (ECE) run by the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP).
 

The Department of Women Development and Child Welfare and the State government have also taken the assistance of Sodhana for redesigning the curriculum for Anganwadis. The organisation will now help the State in providing early childhood care and education.
 

The concept of Bala Badi stresses the need for learning through playing, singing and dancing. The method envisages designing a local curriculum suiting the needs of children that ensure adequate school readiness before the beginning of their formal education.

 

This system is said to be helpful in reducing drop-out rate, besides enhancing child development in a holistic manner.
 

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