The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act-(2010) does not cover children in the age group 0 to 3 years –early childhood and 3-6 years-pre school years. As we all know,these early years are very important for the holistic development of the child. It is also universally known that when children get pre-school education the chance of their dropping out decreases
For the past three years we have received training for the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) programme from the Potali Project (under the auspices of Pro-literacy project Cananda) and the Early Parenting Programme(conducted by Network of Information on Parenting under the auspices of Bala Mandir Research foundation Chennai)
Our plan for the next year is to also focus on Early Care and Education which not only enhances the child’s development but also enables the child to be retained in the school of formal education system.
We helped the parents of 650-odd children in the Bibvewadi area where no municipal school exists for over four to five km, to submit a petition to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s school board, pointing out the urgent need for a school in the area and for transport facilities to take the children to other schools in the interim.