ROLE OF COMMUNITY IN SUSTAINING ANGANWADIS AND OTHER ECE CENTERS

Dr. Manorma

Abstract


Education is motor for change that is why in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly, through its Resolution 57/254, decided a decade of Education for sustainable development (2005-2014). It also designated UNESCO as the lead agency for the promotions of this decade. Education of children below the age of six years when they formally enter a school is of great importance when viewed from various angles. Specialists in the field of child development and child care are unanimous in acknowledging the foundational significance of this age. Not only with regard to health and nutrition, but also with regard to social, psychological, educational and physical development of the child. The most crucial years for learning are the preschool years when the children brain is growing and developing. These are the years when nurturing and appropriate stimulation will reap lifelong benefits as children develop self worth and host of new skills that will serve them for a life time. Children enter into preschool life with a significant background of learning experience within their family and outside home. The main objective of this paper is to assess the perception of parents towards significance of preschool education and evaluate their awareness about Anganwadis and other ECE centers and its role in preschool education. Community perception is an integral requirement of ICDS ; therefore parental awareness and perception towards the scheme need to be assessed and on the basis of this suggestions if required, can be forwarded to strengthen the parental participation comfort of the scheme. Descriptive research method is used to explore the perception and awareness of the community members towards Anganwadis and other ECE centers.  

Keywords


community perception, awareness, ICDS

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