NEW DELHI: The government has proposed to roll out early childhood care and education (ECCE) programme in all anganwadi centres (AWCs) in a phased manner beginning financial year 2021-22 itself, and cover up to 20% of the AWCs each year over the next five years.
This is part of the action taken in response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports. The report of the committee presented in Parliament on Tuesday deals with the action taken by the government on the recommendations, in its report on demands for grants 2021-22, of the WCD ministry, which was presented in the Parliament in March.
The committee had recommended that the ministry should chalk out a blueprint in coordination with the ministry of education to modernise anganwadis and strengthen them as early-childhood education institutions in line with the overarching goal of ensuring universal access to ECCE as envisaged in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, latest by June 30 this year. The committee also recommended that suitable training to anganwadi workers/teachers for this increased responsibility needs to be imparted in a time-bound manner.
The WCD ministry, in its reply on Tuesday, said that they have developed year-wise activity books for the children of 3-6 years age group. Further, in convergence with the department of school education, the curriculum of children of the age group of 3-6 years will be finalised, and for this purpose NCERT will be in touch with the WCD ministry and NIPCCD.
“Anganwadi workers will be further trained for imparting quality education to the children of the age group of 3-6 years. Class 10-pass Anganwadi workers will be given one-year online training and 12-pass workers will be given six-month online training,” the ministry explained.
The WCD ministry said that it has been proposed to upgrade two lakh anganwadi centres to “Saksham Anganwadis” at the rate of 40,000 AWCs per annum, by adding more services with better infrastructure in health, nutrition and ECCE. To track the data on ECCE, templates would be integrated with Poshan Tracker so that data on a real-time basis is available to the district and state authorities, and remedial measures can be taken by them.

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