320 Supervisors successfully trained as part of Delhi Govt. ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services ) Anganwadi Reforms
As a part of the Delhi Government initiative to reform and revamp its Anganwadi Centres, 320 supervisors successfully completed 5 day training in Early Childhood Education (ECE) on Friday, August 25.
The Supervisors were trained by ECE experts from NGO Pratham and Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR), Jamia Millia Islamia. This classroom training will now be followed by two weeks of on the job practice sessions, which will be followed by 2 days of evaluation and feedback module. The supervisors, after completing the module, would be fully equipped to impart the same training to their Anganwadi Workers. Using this cascade model all 10,000 Anganwadi Workers would be trained by the end of September.
The week-long training saw near 100% enthusiastic attendance by the Supervisors. They expressed the view that the training was effective and much needed in building their capacity as supervisors. One supervisor is responsible for functioning of about 25 Anganwadis. The training was held at 8 venues across Delhi. The new curriculum of ECE, which was launched through this training, has been designed by WCD ICDS officials in collaboration with NGOs Pratham and Mobile Creches as well as the CECDR, Jamia Milia Islamia.
Earlier in the month, also as a part of Anganwadi reforms, Delhi Govt substantially increased the payout of the Anganwadi workers. From an earlier honorarium of Rs. 5000 pm, the govt. more than doubled it to Rs. 10,678 pm. The salary increase is commensurate with the responsibility that they will now be expected to undertake.
It is a well researched fact that 80% of a child’s brain development takes place in the first 5 year of birth. WCD department expects the new curriculum to make their children school-ready. Poor early learning experience at the Anganwadis is the beginning of the learning gap that gets further perpetuated as children progress to higher classes. Government school children start formal school in class 1 and are already at a disadvantage as compared to those who go to playschools that use various tools for cognitive development during early childhood.
Apart from these interventions, Delhi Government, enthused by the success of its SMC (School Management Committee) in bringing about a change and establishing accountability in its Government schools, has opted for decentralising the Anganwadi reforms mission. By forming an Anganwadi Committee, at each Anganwadi, comprising parent beneficiaries and social workers of the community – to monitor, support and facilitate Anganwadi services, government hopes to substantially increase awareness and empower the communities to transforms their Anganwadi into vibrant, joyful early learning centres.