To fulfill Prime Minster’s Education Reforms commitment for marginalized children of age group 3-5 years, fifty teachers through two days extensive training have been prepared in Early Childhood Education and Development concepts and methodology to take up the task as Montessori teachers in public schools in rural areas of Islamabad. The training was organized by Parwaan Pakistan in partnership with Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Program. Parwaan Pakistan through the initiative is providing technical as well as financial support to these teachers in its efforts to support government in providing marginalized children access to low cost quality early childhood education in ICT.
The closing ceremony of the training was chaired by the Advisor to Prime Minister on Education Reforms Initiative Mr. Ali Raza, President Parwaan Ms. Mehnaz Aziz, Area Education Officers and training participants at the Academy of Education Planning and Management Islamabad today.
Mr. Ali Raza in his remarks said that according to article 25-A of the constitution, the admission age in public schools starts from the age of 5 years therefore children in the ages of 3 to 5 years fall out of the public school system. The Montessoi Programme, under Prime Minister’s Education Reform initiative, aims to bring these children into the public school system. He added that under the programme Montessori classes will be started in 70 public sector schools and Parwaan is the pioneer in starting these classes.
Earlier Ms. Mehnaz Aziz welcomed the guests and addressing the participants said that they are now part of an important group who will shape the future of Pakistan. The Montessori Programme is the vision of Mayram Nawaz Sharif who believes that education reforms should begin with children as they are the foundation of a society.
Area Education Officers added that the programme aims to inculcate holistic development skills in children so that are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Later certificates were distributed among the training participants.
In Pakistan, only 8.6 million children are availing ECCE services where as under 5 years population stands at 22 million. In light of the paramount significance of pre-primary schooling for the marginalized children, the Parwaan Montessori Programme is beginning Montessori classes in government schools located in rural suburban areas of Islamabad and this training is the first step in this direction.