Bhubaneswar: The Wisdom Tree Global School (TWIGS) Kindergarten organised a discussion on Early Childhood Education – Benchmark Learning Practices, at Hotel Crown in Bhubaneswar today.
Eminent educationalist, Padma Shri Gowri Ishwaran, in conversation with Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director, Sambad Group, stressed the need for incorporating global best practices in Early Childhood Education systems in India, including integration of technology and learning through play.
This programme was attended by founders and heads of all major Early Childhood Education institutions in Bhubaneswar as well as a large number of teachers from various schools in the city. Founders of these institutions were felicitated in appreciation of their contributions to Early Childhood Education.
Those who were felicitated were Ms Pushpa Dhawan and Nidhi Dhawan of Happy Hours, Ms Nadia Moghbelpour of Blossoms School, Vimaljit Dua of Ruchika School, Ms Poly Patnaik of Mother’s Public School, Kasturi Mohapatra, former Chairperson, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ms Mala Mishra of DPS Kalinga, Ms Monalisa Bal of KIIT International School, Ms Sikata Das of BMPS Takshila, and Ms Sudha Mishra of Little Steps Preschool.
Speaking on the occasion, Panchami Manoo Ukil, Executive Trustee of The Wisdom Tree Global School, said,
On International Woman’s Day, we are extremely fortunate to be able to listen to an iconic woman and eminent educationist of the country, Gowri Ishwaran, on benchmark learning systems in early childhood education. At The Wisdom Tree Global School Kindergarten, through our unique benchmark daycare programme, we facilitate mothers to go back to work after childbirth, and, hence we play an important role in gender balance and empowerment of women.
Panchami further added,
The age-group 0-5 years is crucial for brain development and this is where early childhood education systems play a defining role in the life of children. We are happy to have brought together the entire community of early childhood educationists, especially, the pioneers in this field, whom we are honoured to be felicitating today. We believe that collectively, the community can share resources and address various needs in order to integrate best practices into curriculums and pedagogies in their early childhood education programmes.
Shri Jagadish Prasad Naik, Chairman, The Wisdom Tree Global School who welcomed and felicitated Padma Shri Gowri Ishwaran.
Jagadish Prasad Naik said,
My dream is to ensure that the finest educational facilities of global standards are made available to the children of our state so that our children become empowered citizens of the world.
While the headmistress of TWIGS Sunita Mohanty delivered the welcome address, school administrator Swagatika Dash gave the vote of thanks.
Present on this occasion were trustees of the school, as well as, a large number of teachers, education practitioners, parents and eminent personalities of Bhubaneswar.