Early Childhood, Care and Education: SCERT Jammu hosts 3 day National Webinar


JAMMU : Population Education, Gender Education, ECCE & Education for all Wing of the SCERT-J&K Divisional Office Jammu today hosted a 3 Day National Seminar on Early Childhood, Care and Education (ECCE)- Policy, Practices and Pedagogy through virtual mode.

The Webinar is being organised on the directions of Principal Secretary School Education Department, B.K.Singh and under the guidance of Director SCERT J&K, Prof. Veena Pandita and supervision of Joint Director SCERT Jammu, Surinder Kumar.

The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Veena Pandita, Patron of the seminar and is being attended by SCERT, DIET Faculty and resource persons Pre-Primary Schools from Jammu Division

In her inaugural address, she spoke at length about ECCE and its importance viz-a-viz NEP-2020. She hoped that the learning from the seminar will benefit the participants who will help in transformation in the field.

The purpose of this three day seminar is to provide a platform to different stakeholders to understand different pedagogical approaches, innovative practices with respect to ECCE mainly focusing on New National Policy of Education 2020. The Planning and execution of ECCE by the government organizations, Quality issues in ECCE, Pre-service and in-service training of ECCE functionaries, Curriculum of ECCE- Theoretical base and existing practices, Assessment in ECCE, Use of ICT in ECCE, Research and innovative practices in ECCE, Linkages between ECCE and primary schooling will be the focal points.

The seminar was co-ordinated by Deepak Sharma, Senior Academic Officer, SCERT J&K. He threw light on role of ECCE in Child’s development and said it is more than preparedness for primary school and aims at holistic development of child’s social, emotional , cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and well being.

Introduction to the Seminar was given by Tapasya Sharma, Sr. Academic Officer, SCERT-JK. She focused on teachings of Rabindranath Tagore’s Learning in nature & Learning with nature and to follow our ancient knowledge and practices in early childhood education with the blending of modern day teachings.

Dr. Reeta Sonawat, Director, ECCE, Ampersand group, in her presentation, focused on sustainable knowledge society and gave insights about India centered New Education Policy in terms of ECCE and stressed that for a sound foundation and literacy ECCE is the key component.

Prof. Shashi Manhas, Former HoD -Home Sciences Deptt, University of Jammu, in her presentation laid emphasis on providing enabling environment to the children and to view Child from a Child’s angle.

The session was chaired by Dr.Reeta Sonawat, who discussed and reflected the day’s proceedings and congratulated Prof Veena Pandita & her team from SCERT Jammu for being amongst the first few in country to organise National Level Seminar on EECE.

Advisory Committee of the seminar includes Tapasya Sharma & Rakhi Atri Academic Officers from SCERT-JK, Jaswinder Kour, Coordinator, DRC for Pre-primary Education, and Pratibha Rakwal, Teacher.

The vote of thanks was presented by N.P. Singh, Head of the Population Education, Gender Education, ECCE & Education for all Wing –SCERT J&K Jammu. The technical support was provided by Yugal Kishore & Akash Khajuria.


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