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The ‘play way’ to education

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Both imagination and play are inherent parts of effective education, Arpita Mittal, CEO, Helen O’Grady International, tells Elets News Network

What is the role of speech and drama in the education of a child?
Guidelines from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), two respected professional associations, affirm that play is essential for all children’s healthy development and learning across all ages, domains, and cultures. Play contributes to children’s cognitive, language, literacy, social/ emotional, and creative development. Traditional education may be summed up as curriculum centred outside the child. However, the new movement in education, which has introduced the concept of child-centred education, is combined with children’s play. Moreover, drama is seen as the “play way” to education. Both imagination and play are inherent parts of effective education.

What is the genesis of Helen o’Grady?
Founded in Australia in 1979, the system is widely used in over 25 countries across the globe. We are the world’s largest after-school drama programme which has widely gained acceptance by over one million children across the world. In India, Helen O’Grady International Pvt. Ltd. has partnered exclusively with Govind Knowledge Ventures Pvt.Ltd.

What is the USP of the group?
Well-defined international curriculum, innovative and unique methodology and comprehensive and systemised training of teachers.

Why choose Helen O’Grady drama academy?
To give your child the gift of lifelong confidence and creativity. The child will feel energetic, enthusiastic and more positive. Our classes are fun! We help the child to unleash his or her creativity. The child’s conversation skills, listening skills and concentration skills will be enhanced.n

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