Education typically designed for children from 3 years of age to the start of primary school. The educational properties of pre-primary education are characterized by interaction with peers and educators, through which children improve their use of language and social skills, and start to develop logical and reasoning skills. Children are also introduced to alphabetical and mathematical concepts, and encouraged to explore their surrounding world and environment. Supervised gross motor activities (i.e. physical exercise through games and other activities) and play-based activities can be used as learning opportunities to promote social interactions with peers and to develop skills, autonomy and school readiness.
Some of the most important work that ETC does is not easy to show in photographs. Early education teachers at rural schools are often young and inexperienced women who have only the minimum of training. While they may technically be qualified to teach, in reality most have never had the opportunity to learn important best practices for working with young children. ETC provides ongoing training on topics such as lesson planning, classroom management, and creating classroom materials from available resources. Through the early childhood education professional network, teachers can learn from peers’ experiences and share their own successes and challenges. All of these activities are free of charge for these teachers, who would otherwise have no access to useful and important professional development opportunities.
Bijay Upadhyay – (principal)