Bengaluru, Sept 23: Highlighting the gaps that the anganwadis in the state face today, Umashree, Minister of Women and Child Welfare and Kannada & Culture, today said that there were many lapses in the early childhood education chain related to anganwadis.
"We are making an effort to control the lapses in this education chain," Umashree said at the Seminar on 'Early Childhood Education in Anganwadis- Patnerships and Opportunities' organised by Akshara Foundation.
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Sha also added that in order for a flourishing anganwadis, you need to instill confidence in the anganwadi workers and not be overpowering.
"Once we have the anganwadi workers in confidence they will automatically ensure that their children will go to these schools," she said.
Meanwhile, Umashree also highlighted the need for the state government and the central government to work together for the betterment of the anganwadis. "I hope and I will try to help these children but I also need help from the Central government," Umashree said.
Following her address, there was a panel discussion moderated by Rohini Nilekani. The panelists included DR Aqeela Datoo, Program Officer-Education, Aga Khan Foundation, New Delhi, Kanchan Banerjee, Managing Trustee, Akshara Foundation, Dr Bharat Kumar, Regional Director, NIPCCD, Dr Padmini, Managing Trustee, CHIld Rights Trust, Bengaluru, K Lakshmi, President, Andhra Mahila Sabha, Mary Punnoose, Chief Functionary, Prajayatna, Bengaluru.
During the panel discussion, the panelists discussed the need for a fruitful partnership between the Government and non-Government sectors.
"NGO partnerships can be particularly fruitful in providing quality pre-school education in anganwadis. A number of innovations and successful models have evolved from the non-governmental sector and it's now on the government to scale and sustain them.
These innovations have helped develop adequate school readiness in pre-school children from anganwadis to enable them to make a smooth transition to primary schooling," said Kanchan Banerjee.