The modules called “Poshan bhi padhai bhi” have been launched in line with the national education policy (NEP) 2020 that emphasizes on early childhood care.
Union women and child development (WCD) minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday launched the early childhood care and education (ECCE) modules for children aged 3 to 6 years enrolled in anganwadi centers adding that the Centre has started training anganwadi workers for it.
The modules called “Poshan bhi padhai bhi” have been launched in line with the national education policy (NEP) 2020 that emphasizes on early childhood care and foundational learning while highlighting that over 85% of a child’s cumulative brain development occurs prior to the age of 6.
The WCD minister said that the idea is to make anganwadi centerseducation imparting centers and not just limit them as centers for nutrition.
There are around 14 lakh anganwadi centers in the country catering to 10,02,60,464 beneficiaries.
Irani said that ₹600 crore are being proposed to be allocated for the training process under Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi.
Meanwhile, for children with special needs, learning material will be prepared in collaboration with the ministry of social justice and ministries in states.
“The anganwadi help workers not only assist in counselling parents so that their children can come to anganwadi but can also help create new methodologies of engaging with children who are divyang (specially abled) with regards to early childhood development,” she said.