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'Jaadui Pitara': Education minister launches learning-teaching material for foundational years

"Jaadui Pitara" is envisaged as a child-centric, innovative, toy-based learning experience that will strengthen conceptual understanding
Last Updated : 21 February 2023, 06:05 IST
Last Updated : 21 February 2023, 06:05 IST

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Flash cards, magic tricks, and puppets are some of the tools that were released by the Centre on Monday as part of a teaching tool kit for foundational education of children. Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan released the kits, called “Jadui Pitara” and said they will be available in 13 languages. Also present were minister of state for education Annapurna Devi and National Steering Committee on National Curriculum Framework chairman K Kasturirangan.

The play-based learning-teaching material tailored for children in the age group of three to right years consisted of playbooks, toys, puzzles, posters, flash cards, story books, and worksheets etc. “These materials reflect the local culture, social context and languages are designed to pique curiosity and accommodate the diverse needs of learners in the foundational stage,” Pradhan said, adding that they have been developed under the National Curriculum Framework.

The education ministry, in a release, said that research for the kit has been taken up from fields as diverse as neurosciences to education, and will mark a huge shift. “Children will learn through play, have fun, and FLN (foundational learning) will be addressed,” the release said.

Learning through the kit will be in five key domains – physical development, socio-emotional and ethical development, cognitive development, language and literacy development, aesthetic and cultural development.

Pradhan asked the NCERT to leverage technology to translate the materials in all Indian languages, and said they should be made digitally available on DIKSHA - the government’s portal and mobile app for foundational learning. NCERT has, till now, developed trainers handbook mapping for teachers.

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Published 20 February 2023, 10:24 IST

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