The Union Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines for folks and caregivers on the way to provide support to children and facilitate their home-based learning at a time when schools are closed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidelines emphasised the necessity for folks to make a secure , engaging and positive learning environment for youngsters , have realistic expectations from them, lookout of their health and ensure a healthy diet, and even have fun, a press release from the ministry said.
In a tweet, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said the ‘Guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning during school closure and beyond’ are drafted “for parents and caregivers to supply information on the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how-to’ of participation in supporting children during school closure, regardless of literacy levels”.
“I strongly feel that a house is the primary school and fogeys are the primary teachers. during this pandemic, the role of oldsters is pivotal within the growth and learning of youngsters ,” he tweeted.
These guidelines are meant not just for parents but also for caregivers, other relations , grandparents, community members and older siblings engaged in promoting the welfare of youngsters .
The activities suggested within the guidelines are in accordance with the varied stages of faculty education under National Education Policy 2020, the statement by the ministry said.
Age-appropriate art activities are categorized on basis of 5+3+3+4 system like Foundation Stage (age 3 to 8years); Preparatory Stage (age 8 to 11 years); Middle Stage (age 11 to 14 years); and secondary stage: From Adolescent to Adult (age 14-18 years).
The activities are simple and suggestive, which may be adapted and adopted to local needs and contexts. the rules appreciate the role of art as a therapy for youngsters under stress or trauma, the statement said.
“They (guidelines) also lay significance on improving children’s learning by monitoring and addressing their learning gaps.” Collaboration of oldsters with teachers in documenting and reflecting on the progress of youngsters in their learning is vital for both teachers and fogeys , the statement by the Education Ministry said.
The guidelines also advise schools to involve parents by providing information and concepts on helping students with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, planning and involving them in class decisions, it said.
Resources are made available for youngsters with special needs which can be explored by parents. A separate chapter has been included within the Education Ministry guidelines for supporting parents with low or no literacy. Schools, teachers and volunteers may take suggestive steps to supply support to oldsters who aren’t quite literate, the statement said.