Developing mindsets: For a better future, invest in childhood education

Educationists, parents join hands to raise awareness on importance of early learning

Our Correspondent March 19, 2017
Elementary and Secondary Education Department and provincial IT Board sign MoU. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Educationists and child development experts stressed on Saturday the need to invest in early childhood education and shared various tools with which children could be taught in a more engaging manner.

They were speaking at the ‘Thought Leader’ symposium organised by The City School (TCS) at a hotel with a simultaneous event in Karachi.

The one-day symposium saw leading educationists as well as parents, who joined hands to raise awareness on the importance of early learning and development for future generations in Pakistan.

TCS representative Fiona Hallworth shared the aims and objectives with the audience.

“The City Schools have always been innovators in early education and continue to do so,” she said. “But now, parents are equal partners in the education of young children.”

She added addressing the learning needs at the most critical period of development for a child, the Thought Leaders Symposia in Karachi and Lahore provided parents with a chance to learn how to support the work of learning specialists.

Keynote speaker Dr Rana asked the audience to reflect on how important it was to understand how children see the world.

Six workshops were held after the main plenary sessions to bring the attendees on board with the latest developments and innovations in the applied practices of early years developments.

The speakers said the kindling of the spirit of learning in developing minds was elaborated through techniques on building a child’s self-esteem, the use of effective storytelling as a tool of learning, enhancing creative writing skills, the role of parents with polished parenting skills and un-boxing the tools of creative learning to enhance a child’s creativity.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2017.


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