A 4-day workshop on theme-based learning with regard to the Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Association of Social Workers (JKASW) in collaboration with the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and supported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) concluded here today.

A Delhi-based non-governmental organization, Eduweave Foundation, which is the technical partner to the JKASW, provided the training personnel for the workshop.

Some 50 participants from all the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) in the valley including scores of SCERT staff members attended the workshop.

Director of the Eduweave Foundation, Amita Kaushik, while underlining the importance of conducting such a workshop, said the theme-based approach is the most recommended method of teaching to young children by ECCE experts.

Anandi Tokas, teacher educator with the Eduweave Foundation, said the need of the hour is to equip the teachers with skills aimed at helping them in creatively design different themes to facilitate the comprehension process of the children.

The participants described as Master Trainers (MTs), who were split up in various groups during the workshop, expressed their satisfaction and asked for conducting more such events in future to keep them updated on the trending skills.

Riyaz Ahmad Dar, who heads the Education Planning Management and Monitoring (EPM&M), SCERT, Kashmir, hailed the efforts of JKASW and Eduweave Foundation in organizing the much-needed workshop.

“Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) brings together the expertise and resources of the two sectors with the intention of providing services or infrastructure at a better value for money,” Dar said. “The workshop provided an excellent example of such a partnership highlighting the benefits of sharing resources for a common cause, he added”.

Master Trainers, Dar said, will be employed to train the staff on the ground in a cascading manner.

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