The key subjects educators from India and Singapore worked on the “Early Childhood Education Curriculum Enhancement and Pedagogy” project are Parent interactions and involvement, teacher appraisals, play facilitation, social development and classroom environment.
The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Muktangan Education Trust, a non-profit organisation that mentors municipal schools, had organised a capacity-building initiative in Mumbai.
Since 2017, that is the beginning year of the project, about 700 educators from Mumbai have worked closely with 32 educators from Singapore to raise the professional standards of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Maharashtra.
Ng Herk Low, Division Director, Strategic Management, SIF said, “The success of this five-year project marks another milestone in the 26-year friendship between the SIF and India, where Singaporeans and their Indian counterparts worked together on shared challenges at the people-to-people level.”
Elizabeth Mehta, Founder, Muktangan Education Trust, said, “Quality early childhood education is an essential pillar of the economic and social development of any community. The learning exchange has resulted in higher professional standards and an enhanced ECE curricula. I believe the project will spur more cross-cultural collaboration and friendships between our countries”.
As part of the project, the educators completed a series of offline and online workshops, dialogues and study visits. The educators from India and Singapore collaborated on topics including parent interactions and involvement, teacher appraisals, social development,play facilitation, classroom learning environments, inclusive practices, and early interventions.
During the project, they also witnessed 34 Indian Master Trainers equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to train other ECE educators. Around 3,400 Indian ECE educators learned how to enhance and improve curricula and choose new pedagogical and assessment skills. Approximately, 45,000 educators and students have benefitted from this project in Maharashtra.