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Interactive Knowledge Update for Teachers and Parents on Early Childhood Learning Environment and its Impact

Venue: Shanti Ashram
Date: 15th October 2022

The mention of a ‘child’ or ‘childhood’ immediately evokes images, emotions and experiences, most of them positive and hopeful. In the last eight decades, experts – from the field of Paediatrics to Child Development, Theology to Psychology, Arts to Archived experiences – have studied this important phase of the life cycle more deeply.

While the United Nations describes anyone between the age of 0-18 as a child, these fields and their systematic research provide enough evidence to further sub classify these stages as the first 1000 days, early childhood, middle childhood and then adolescence. It is only then that adulthood sets in. This scientific evidence from various fields is worthy of our deeper reading, reflection and understanding. We believe that in doing so, we give ourselves real chances to augment our efforts in child development, both through policy & practice, and its vital intersection praxis. In difficult times, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, it will also help us see why declaring early childhood services as an essential service is critical! This interactive knowledge update is a contribution to our united effort to make ‘CHILDREN’ a priority during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Every child deserves a hopeful and healthy start to life!

Source: Nurturing the many growing children in our midst: What are the implications of this COVID-19 pandemic in their present and their future? www.icphhealth.org

This session will help you discover answers to questions including:

✓ How do learning environments make space for children to act with autonomy and what are the avenues for showcasing the natural human trait of discipline?
✓ What should educators and behavior influencers keep in mind creating these environments and what should their particular role be?
✓ Why is it important for educators, parents and other stakeholder groups work together in the creation of this environment?

Profile of the Speaker: Ms.Pavithra Rajagopalan

Pavithra Rajagopalan has worked with children in formal, non-formal and informal settings since 2001.

She is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Trainer. She has worked in Montessori schools in India, the US and New Zealand. Now in her role as a teacher trainer, Pavithra is faculty at the Sir Ratan Tata Institute, Bombay, India. She is also part of the faculty for Diploma courses in Taiwan and Beijing. She has conducted Assistant/ Orientation courses in India, Singapore, China and Israel.

In addition, Pavithra works closely with the Gandhian Institution, Shanti Ashram, India, where she is involved in strengthening pioneering projects related to Early Childhood Education in vulnerable communities.

PPt on Impact of Learning Environment by Ms.Pavithra Rajagopalan: mpact-of-Learning-Environment-Tamil-translation.pdf
PPt on Developmental Relevance of Love – a Montessori perspective by Ms.Pavithra Rajagopalan: Developmental-Relevance-of-Love-a-Montessori-perspective-Ms.Pavithra-Rajagopalan.pdf


Time Events
08.10 am Welcome
Introduction of the Speaker
Mr.Vijayaragavan, Head, Youth Leadership Programme
10.50 Early Childhood Learning Environment and its Impact
Ms.Pavithra Rajagopalan,
AMI Primary Trainer,
Faculty at the Sir Ratan Tata Institute
Trainer, LTLT, Arigatou International
11.30 Q & A
11.45 am Concluding Remarks
Dr.Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram