The preschool age (3 to 6 years) is very important for the development of children as their brain can absorb the maximum information at this age. To create joyful learning in the classroom Anganwadi teachers sharpen their communication skills, A.E. Roberts, Regional Joint Director of the Women Development and Child Welfare (DW and CW) Department, has noted.
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At the inaugural of a two-day advising workshop on ‘Improving learning environment under preschool context’, organised by the DW and CW Department at the Platinum Jubilee Guest House of Andhra University here on Monday, Mr. Roberts noted that though most of the anganwadi teachers were doing a great job by striking an interrelationship with the children and making the learning process more interesting, there were some teachers who were speaking to them in a high pitch unmindful of the negative impact it could have on the child.
This could be a lack of awareness among the Anganwadi teachers in dealing with children. He noted that the workshop was advised to sharpen the skills of the Anganwadi teachers. In the implementation of the preschool activity, Chhattisgarh had bagged the first place in the country. which mainly concentrates on the
physical, social, and psychological development of children.
PDK Rao, the founder of Sodhana Foundation, an NGO working in the area of preschool learning, spoke of his association with preschool children in the US and India for nearly half-a-century. He said: “There is no child, who is not intelligent. Children of the present generation are very active.” He advised the anganwadi teachers to make the child happy and not to subject them to pressure, fear and shyness. “We should be only facilitators for the child to learn. Children learn by listening and seeing things. Self-learning, peer group learning and learning from the teachers are the three stages,” he said.
Mr Rao spoke on the problems of anganwadi teachers, need to boost their morale, developing ICDS units as mandal-resource centres instead of involving NGOs, functioning from remote areas, without knowing the ground realities. Child Development Project Officer Anuradha presided.