Mumbai: Teachers or Anganwadi sevikas will be trained in terms of international curriculum to be started in 13 Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools by the state education ministry. Anganwadis or pre-school education centres will be incorporated in this project as it aims to cater to students from Kindergarten (KG or pre-school) to Class 3.
Teachers will be trained in terms of new curriculum, syllabus, imparting knowledge, methodology of teaching and innovative ways of learning based on international standards. In addition, teachers will be trained in terms of creative ideas, experimental methods, skill based techniques and activity based learning.
In order to cater from pre-school to Class 3, Anganwadi sevikas will also be trained as they are responsible for education and maintaining health of students. Vinod Tawde, state education minister of school and higher secondary education, said, “We will train the Anganwadi sevikas in terms of the new curriculum which is in the process of formulation. We will appoint teachers who are interested, interview and train them for this project and begin these schools from this June.”
Currently, Anganwadis are under the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) as part of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program which aims to combat child hunger and malnutrition. The state education ministry aims to join hands with the WCD for this project. Tawde added, “We have informed the WCD ministry about this project and they are willing to help.”
Members of the Anganwadi Workers’ Union claimed they are willing to extend their help if the government discusses various measures with them. Shubha Shamim, leader of the Anganwadi Karmachari Sanghatana, said, “We are willing to help and attend training but the state government should discuss their plans with us. We should be informed about the various measures which the state aims to initiate so that we can understand the project thoroughly and provide a positive response.”
On Thursday, the state education ministry announced they will establish a new board called Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB) in 13 Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools. Students of state-run schools will have an opportunity to study international curriculum in these schools from KG to Class 3 with its entire focus on skill based learning.