One of the largest international conferences devoted to modern childhood issues – ‘EarlyED Asia 2019’ was inaugurated at City Palace . Over 600 educators and more than 40 speakers from across the globe are taking part in the 2-day conference. The programme is being organised by ScooNews, Early Childhood Association (ECA) and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust (MSMSII). The event was attended by academicians, practitioners, and policymakers from across Asia.
On the occasion, President, ECA-India, Dr. Swati Popat Vats said that there is a need to revive our culture and heroes instead of searching and trying to adapt modern childhood learning practices from the world over. The role of men and women educators is equally important in a child’s holistic development.
Throwing light on the significance of emotions in learning, Professor, University of Padua, Italy, Dr. Daniela Lucangeli said that teaching provokes emotion, curiosity and learning. Senses play a huge part in educating a child’s mind. Positive emotions help the child retain learning much longer.
Later, a tribute to Gijubhai Badheka – ‘Once Upon a Story; Play Policy and ScooNews February Issue – ‘Our Children. Our Future’ was launched by the National Education Committee and dignitaries. Other than this, ‘Partnering to Unlock the Potential of Early Learners’ a tie-up with ECA and Cambridge was also launched on the occasion.
Panel Discussion – ‘Making Teachers Your Biggest Investment’
Talking about initiatives which can be taken up by teachers to improve themselves, Trustee, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Ms. Rama Dutt said that sharing the best practices is helpful in the growth of teachers. Group teacher meetings can be organisedtwice a week where not only teachers of the same level but also senior faculty can guide their juniors.
Principal, The Palace School, Ms. Urvashi Warman said that the school has to be a motivating factor for a teacher’s growth. Team building exercises are important for bonding with the leader, parents and other teachers.
Also present on the occasion were – Senior Vice President (Education), Scholastic International, Dr. Duriya Aziz; (Chair) Development and Recognition Manager, IBO, Mr. Mahesh Balakrishnan; Ms. Pooja Jain of Pune as well as Author and Editor, Ms. Vinitha Ramchandani.
The conference will witness its concluding with panel discussions on topics like ‘Building a Story and Support Bridge Between Early Years’; ‘Folk Dance and Fitness’, ‘Play with a Purpose’, among others