A statement from the ministry said that the guidelines require parents to create a safe, engaging and positive learning environment for children, have realistic expectations from them, look after their health and ensure a healthy diet and have fun. has been emphasized.
In a tweet, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ asked why the draft ‘Guidelines for parental participation in home-based education’ followed by school closures would be ‘for parents and caregivers’. ‘, designed to provide information on ‘what’. and ‘how-to’ participation in helping children during school closures, regardless of literacy level”.
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He tweeted, “I strongly feel that a home is the first school and parents are the first teachers. In this pandemic, the role of parents is crucial in the growth and learning of children.”
These guidelines are not only for parents, but also for caregivers, other family members, grandparents, community members, and older siblings engaged in promoting the welfare of children.
The activities suggested in the guidelines are in accordance with the various stages of school education under the National Policy on Education 2020, the ministry statement said.
Age-appropriate arts activities are classified based on a 5+3+3+4 system such as the Foundation Stage (ages 3 to 8 years); early stage (ages 8 to 11 years); middle stage (11 to 14 years of age); and the secondary stage: from adolescence to adulthood (ages 14-18 years).
The activities are simple and suggestive, which can be adapted and adapted to local needs and contexts. The guidelines appreciate the role of art as a therapy for children under stress or trauma, the statement said.
“They (the guidelines) also place importance on improving children’s learning by monitoring and bridging their learning gaps.”
The education ministry statement said that parents’ collaboration with teachers and reflecting on children’s progress in their learning is important for both teachers and parents.
The guidelines advise schools to involve parents by providing students with information and ideas about homework and other curriculum-related activities, making decisions, planning, and helping them to incorporate them into school decisions.
Resources are provided for children with special needs that can be searched by parents. A separate chapter is included in the guidelines to support parents with low or no literacy. Schools, teachers and volunteers can take suggestive steps to provide support to parents who are not literate enough, the statement said.
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