The education ministry has released guidelines for parents to help kids learn amidst school closures. Check more details here.

ith school closures continuing through the second wave of Covid-19, the Ministry of Education has released a set of guidelines for parents to engage their kids who are stuck at home and help them learn better during this period irrespective of their own literacy levels.

The ‘Guidelines for Parent Participation in Home-based Leaming’ provide information on how they can support their kids during the school closures and talks about various aspects of parental participation in kids’ learning.

“It is understood that the role of parents and caregivers besides school teachers, community, and volunteers is pivotal in supporting home-based learning for their children,” said the official release from the ministry.

“In view of this, Guidelines for Parent Participation in Home-based Leaming during school closure and beyond have been developed,” it said.

“It is requested to disseminate these guidelines to all stakeholders on a wide scale. Also, grade-wise activities can be disseminated in the form of simple pamphlets for parents with activities, visuals, and illustrations,” the statement said.

Ramesh Pokhriyal on Twitter

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the release of the guidelines for parents on Twitter.

“I strongly feel that a home is the first school, and parents are the first teachers. In this pandemic, the role of parent’s is pivotal in the growth and learning of children,” he wrote.

More details about the guidelines for parents

The guidelines for parents suggest simple tips and activities as per the different levels of school education — Foundation stage (age 3-8 years), preparatory stage (age 8-11 years); middle stage (age 11-14 years); and secondary stage from adolescent to adult age (age 14-18 years).

They also provide information on the ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘how-to’ of parents supporting children during the school closures irrespective of the literacy levels of the parents and caregivers.

Using art as a therapy has been detailed under a separate section for kids facing trauma or stress. Other sections include assessments, parent partnership, supporting parents with low literacy levels, supporting children with special needs, and the role of schools and teachers in facilitating home-based learning.

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