Monday, April 29, 2013

Youth: Potential Parents & Change Agents

Youth as young men and women, moving towards adulthood are the potential parents and change agents.  If they are engaged meaningfully in early childhood education and developmental activities, they will learn how to be a loving, caring and respectful facilitator, a teacher, care giver and parents.
Youth has a lot of energy, freshness, and curiosity for learning. Their meaningful engagement in activities increases high motivation to experiment new ideas.  This motivation makes them flexible to accept change.  Similarly, it also helps them to develop a vision and future goal to achieve in life.  Moreover, the high motivation and small success in life increases their leadership skills and they become role model for their communities.
Therefore, it’s important to involve youth in early childhood initiatives as volunteers, interns and employees so they can develop a better understanding and practice in their life routine.
When this happens, they can be effective parents, resourceful citizens and role models for change. Ultimately, they will be contributor of economical development that can lead them to Improving poverty in their society.  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rural Mothers’ Role in Child Development

Generally, people believe that illiterate/ least educated mothers lack awareness about child development. It is true to some extend.  But when these mothers get an opportunity for leading their children, they stand from their heart to play a part in their children’s lives.

In order to, sustain that curiosity, the facilitators, leading child development initiatives need to do the following;
  • Come down to the level of mothers’ understanding and brainstorm their ideas about child development tools and strategies.
  • Discuss the possible options and some best practices from the culture.
  • Relate those ideas with current literature and research studies to strengthen their ideas and perspectives.
  • Include new strategies and tools for child development initiations. It can focus any aspect of their development such as physical, social, moral, emotional and cognitive development etc.     
  • Follow up with the mothers next time to see what works for them, what sorts of problems they faced and how it can be prevented.  
In short, these simple tips would help facilitators to engage rural women in meaningful child development initiations.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Left Handed Children
 Many left handed children go through a hard time in some cultures because it’s unusual for majority of the people in that society. Unfortunately, many of these children are beaten by their teachers because they believed that it’s the children’s false.  

However, the scientific and educational researchers have explored it in different ways and have learned that the human brain has two halves. Each primarily performs separately according to the specialized functions. e.g. language processing, that mainly takes place in the left hemisphere.  In short, when the right hemisphere of the brain is dominant, the left hand would be more active in responding to the needs. If the left hemisphere of the brain is more active than the right hand of the children will be active. Various research studies have also indicated that there are 11 % of children who are left handed.   
It shows that these children fall into the 11 % category so its natural and we have to deal with them according to their needs in a normal way.