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Odisha: Evaluation of mother tongue-based early learning & parents+ Programme in tribal dists

6/10/2020 at 8:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, Oct 6: Anu Garg, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government ,WCD & MS Department took stock of the evaluation of MTELP+ Programme, done by the Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research (CECDR), Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi in a meeting held in virtual mode.

The programme, had been taken up by the Department in partnership with Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) in 7202 hard to reach Angnwadi Centres (AWCs) of 10 tribal districts of the state after signing of MoU with BvLF in 2016.

It was also attended by Ms Rushda Majeed, Country Manager, BvLF; Prof Zubair Meenai, Honorary Director, Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research(CECDR), Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi; Dr Anubha
Rajesh, Chair Professor, CECDR and senior functionaries of WCD & MS
Department and CECDR, Jamia Millia Islamia University.

The evaluation was begun by CECDR in 2019 and completed in 2020.It
suggests that, through MTELP+ECCE transaction has improved in AWCs.
There has also been significant improvement in arrangement of Teaching
Learning Materials(TLMs); activity corner; availability and use of time table; display of material on eye level of children; use of TLM while transacting curriculum; use of local contextual material and display of children’s work.

Further, there has been striking improvement of engagement of Anganwadi
Workers (AWWs) with the parents of the children through parents teacher
meetings, home visits and participation of parents in early childhood
development activities . Further, there has been higher learning outcome of the children.
At the home front, parents have been engaged in with the children more
by way of singing and reciting a poem, narrating stories,taking them for outing, playing with them etc.

The findings of the report suggest that, due to strong political will and
strengthening of existing programmatic platform there has been tremendous improvement in quality of Early Childhood Education(ECE) transaction and engagement between ICDS functionaries and the parents. The programme has also contributed to foster thinking and social skill in children, building of low cost TLMs, preparation & use of indigenous toys for taking up stimulation activities for children.

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