Bhubaneswar:6/2/24:Developing a strong foundation of language, literacy, and mathematical skills in the early years (Age group 3 to 8) is critical to all future learning. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 firmly recognises the importance of quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and stresses that “Over 85% of a child’s cumulative brain development occurs before the age of 6, indicating the critical importance of appropriate care and stimulation of the brain in the early years to ensure healthy brain development and growth”.
A five-day Capacity Building Programme for KRPs of A & N Islands on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy has started today by Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Bhubaneswar and SIE Port Blair at GSS Junglighat. Inaugurating the programme Mr.R.K. Singh, Principal, SIE Port Blair appreciated the role of RIE, Bhubaneswar in conducting such important programme for the UT. He urged the KRPs of the programme to implement Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in their schools and locality with focus on national norms and local contexts.
Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Head, Department of Education, RIE, NCERT, Bhubaneswar and the Programme coordinator in his address outlined the objectives of the programme. He highlighted the initiatives of the Government of India and NCERT based on National Education Policy 2020 like Vidya Pravesh, NIPUN Bharat, Jadui Pitra and, NISHTHA-FLN for quality learning outcomes at foundational years.
The welcome address was given by Dr R. Manoharan from SIE, Port Blair. During the inauguration Mrs.Geetha Navin Bhatt, Dr Bency Joy, Mr Jai Subramanyam, Mr Alok Kumar Paul, Mr B. Neelaish were present. Forty KRPs i.e. PSTs from the UT have attended the programme. The five-day programme would focus on different themes like NIPUN Bharat, National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage 2022, Jaduipitara, Holistic Report Card, Engaging Families, Early Identification and Interventions, Parents and Communities in implementation of FLN Activities, Vidya Pravesh, Research, Monitoring, Supervision and Evaluation for effective implementation of FLN and other important areas. The resource persons include experts from NIE, NCERT, RIEs of NCERT, SIE ,Port Blair and other reputed organisations.