Sopore : A half day capacity enhancement training workshop was Tuesday organised on ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ by MSM Fajar, a creche, preparatory & kindergarten school in Sopore.
Experts on the subject deliberated on issues and concerns regarding childhood education and care. The workshop was intended to help people better understand some of the issues that concern the society at large.
The proceedings started with inaugural speech by Nabahat Wani followed by recitation of Quran and naat. Welcome address was delivered by managing director Fajar, Mrs Samar Wani. Later a special address by Rafi Ahmed Masoodi, patron Fajar, wherein he spoke about how present age parenthood is different from past and how we burden our children with books at an early age.
A detailed presentation on early childhood care & education by professor Bilal Kaloo, assistant professor Education, Kashmir University warned parents about the negative impact of fear psychosis that they put in childs mind.
“When you try to put fear in the mind of kids by saying eat or the old man (bhoot) will come, they grow up think all old men are ‘bhoots’ and how can they respect them”, said Prof. Kaloo
Dr Suhail Naik, renowned pediatrician and president DAK, delivered a talk on pediatrics. Dr Naik spoke on different aspects and stages of new borns. He also enlightened the audience about his day to day experience on how parents focus on just physical growth of the wards and ignore the important factors like brain development and I.Q. of kids.
“Whenever parents visit me with wards they often ask about the height and weight but never about the I.Q. I would be happy when a parent inquires about the I.Q”, Dr Naik told the audience.
Dr. Nawshad Wani, HoD PG Psychology GDC Baramulla put out a detailed presentation on physiological behavior of kids. He also spoke about the importance of teaching kids life and social skills.
“Something is taught and everything is caught. Kids learn themselves. We should not teach but we should be role model for them and they will imitate us”, said Dr Nawshaad.
A talk was delivered by Dr Naira Masoodi, dietician SKIMS Srinagar on diet habits of kids.
The event concluded with a question & answer session where in audiences posed various questions to the panelists.
2015 Kashmir Despatch