Tracking of children’s education on right direction is very much necessary: Dr. Mohammad Wasi Baig

Tracking of children’s education on right direction is very much necessary: Dr. Mohammad Wasi Baig

Tips for Recently our HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal revealed that schools and colleges will reopen after 15,August 2020. Around 33 crore students have been waiting for school reopening news to dispel their doubts. I think it is very difficult time to parents, who have to play a role of parents and as well as teachers during this COVID-19.

Here I am sharing few tips of Robert Jenkins, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Education offer to help keep children’s education on track while they’re staying home.

1. Plan a routine together

Try to establish a routine that factors in age-appropriate education programmes that can be followed online, on the television or through the radio. Also, factor in play time and time for reading. Use everyday activities as learning opportunities for your children. And don’t forget to come up with these plans together where possible..

2. Have open conversations

Encourage your children to ask questions and express their feelings with you. Remember that your child may have different reactions to stress, so be patient and understanding. Start by inviting your child to talk about the issue. Find out how much they already know and follow their lead. Discuss good hygiene practices. You can use everyday moments to reinforce the importance of things like regular and thorough handwashing. Make sure you are in a safe environment and allow your child to talk freely. Drawing, stories and other activities may help to open a discussion.

3. Take your time

Start with shorter learning sessions and make them progressively longer. If the goal is to have a 30- or 45-minute session, start with 10 minutes and build up from there. Within a session, combine online or screen time with offline activities or exercises.

4. Protect children online

Digital platforms provide an opportunity for children to keep learning, take part in play and keep in touch with their friends. But increased access online brings heightened risks for children’s safety, protection and privacy. Discuss the internet with your children so that they know how it works, what they need to be aware of, and what appropriate behavior looks like on the platforms they use, such as video calls.

5. Stay in touch with your children’s education facility

Find out how to stay in touch with your children’s teacher or school to stay informed, ask questions and get more guidance. Parent groups or community groups can also be a good way to support each other with your home schooling.

Hope, above mentioned tips will be very beneficial for our children during this COVID-19 pandemics.

Dr. Mohammad Wasi Baig

Chairman, NCPER, Aligarh


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