Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad in Anandvan, Chandrapur, senior education expert Shri Ramesh Panse observed, “It is extremely important to create a curriculum that takes into account all the stages of child development, and the child’s needs during each stage. A nation’s development is based on the development of its children. Unfortunately, neither does the state appear interested, nor do its administrative agencies seek to play a role, in this aspect of nation building. This indifference casts a shadow on the nation’s future. If we do indeed want our nation to progress, then each and every section of the government must realise the importance of children’s education.”
The 23rd conference of the Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad was held from 3-5 November 2016 at Anandvan, Chandrapur. Dr Vikas Amte inaugurated the conference, which was being held in Vidarbha for the very first time. Dr Sheetal Amte, Director, Maharogi Seva Samiti (Varora), and office bearers of the Bal Shikshan Parishad – Alka Biyani, Dr Dinesh Nehte, Dr Balkrishna Bokil, DM Kasture, Dr Vishakha Deshpande, Kumudini Ballal, and others – were in attendance. The main topic of discussion was “Balshikshan – Shastra ani Vyavahar” (“Child Education – Theory and Practices”). The conference began with the keynote speech by Ashwini Godse.
The conference sought to present current thinking on the various aspects of child education. Rati Bhosekar presented her findings on the problems and difficulties faced by students, and the solutions to these as they transition from pre-primary to primary school.
Varsha Kulkarni spoke about the current state of child education, and the challenges it throws up for society in general. During the course of her presentation, Ms Kulkarni also sought responses to these challenges through interaction with the audience. Sushma Padhye spoke of the teacher’s role in child education, emphasising how, in her opinion, the “teacher” is the most important element in this context.
The subjects of the research papers presented at the conference included: the work of the great educator and Gujarati writer Gijubhai Badheka; various possible experiments while teaching language and Maths; the concept of the playschool; the importance of games for sound mental health; idea evaluation methods for child education; the effective implementation of constructivism in education; the use of performing arts like singing, dance and drama in education. were some of the topics of these research papers. The highlights of the conference, besides a research paper sent from Dubai, were the stalls displaying quality educational resources and books.
Nearly 400 child education enthusiasts participated in this conference. As , District President of the Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad, Chandrapur, I along with office bearers Savan Chalkhure, Nikhil Tamboli, Kalpana David, Suchitra Kale, Smita Thakre, Vaishali Gedam, Vijay Vairagade, Samina Shaikh and others, worked hard to make the conference a success.
Blog:Harish Sasankar, Graduate Teacher, ZP Primary School, Thergaon, Taluka Pombhurna, District Chandrapur (District President, Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad, Chandrapur)
Translation and Editing: samata.shiksha team