SAARC-South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation conducts a conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policyto be held at Hotel Oberoi in New Delhi. It will be a three day event starting from August 27.
Jharkhand is the only state in the Country chosen to participate in this conference. The Ranchi declaration, which talks of many recommendations in the area of preschool learning with a focus on quality education for the children, will be presented.
The Unichef's state head Job Zacariah said "In the declaration, there are a few areas where we believe attention is needed. Firstly, there should be a separate curriculum for preschools, or in the national curriculum, a separate section should be a separate section should delve on preschools. Secondly, the Right To Education act (RTE) should be made a reality for very child and it must focus on the age group of 3-6. Thirdly, there should convergence between the two departments which are human resource and women and child development".
"The focus on preschool learning is quite less now. Today, a majority of children do not get preschool education, which is very important. The school-readiness seen in students is less and it results in school drop outs. We will try our level best that the central government looks at our recommendations and frames a policy which covers each aspect".
Mridula Sinha, principal secretary, Ministry of social welfare, women and child development, Jharkhand who will be the other presenter said, "I am quite enthusiastic about this and to share our experience at the global forum. I think pre school learning is very important and that too in rural areas because in rural areas children hardly get quality education. I have made efforts during my stint as education secretary. All of us at the HRD Department and Unicef will work in a co-ordinated manner towards making pre school and Right To Education a reality".