Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Parents’ Dream for Kids

“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” 
Harry Edwards).

Parents, whether they are educated or least educated, they dream something positive about their children’s future. So keeping that ambitious motivation, National and International Organizations (I/NGOs) needs to work closely with parents according to their situation, language and culture. They need to come down to the earth to support the parents.    
The rural women who cannot communicate the language or express their feelings, they can be facilitated in the following way;
<         ·  Meet the parents with a smiling face
<         ·  Talk about informal things e.g. weather, environment, vegetables etc to develop their confidence
<         ·    When you ask question or give any instruction to do something, give them any relevant example because that will allow them to reflect on their experiences
<         ·   Ask open ended questions so they can share their ideas or perspectives
<         ·    Give them wait time to respond
<         ·    If they find any difficulty in understanding the idea or the concept, sit with them and explain in a simple language
<         ·  Be a critical friend, rather than a boss
When parents realize something is helpful for their kids, they work and assist their kids to think and act to fulfill their dreams. Therefore, the approach should be leading and facilitating parents effectively so they can facilitate and teach their kids to dream with open eyes for their future.   

Thursday, August 15, 2013

ECD & family Connectivity

When we think of children, their good qualities always come to our mind. For instance, they are incredible, delightful, intellectual, assertive, fair, deserving, supportive, competitive, bold, energetic, loved, humorous and persistent etc.   Their qualities become a gravitational force to connect to the family emotionally, socially, morally, and intellectually as a family.

However, the Early childhood Development (ECD) program becomes more determined in strengthening the emotional connectivity as a family. For example, playing with toys and reading books together in their broken language and sharing new vocabularies in a different language (Urdu, English or any other national language) creates a new journey to their learning.  This new experience plays a huge role to bond, get an attachment and connect to each other as a family. Therefore, its important for caregivers and parents to engage the whole family in the learning process with their children because it will connect them more that will enable children to gain confidence, trust their families, share and care for each other.