The Aam Aadmi Party government plans to start 3,000 Early Learning Development (ELD) centres across Delhi in a bid to improve pre-primary education.
Ten pilot development centres will be launched within a month at select locations in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on 20 October. "Currently, there's a learning gap between children and teachers. There's no basic understanding among kids, no motivation. Existing pre-primary education focuses on nutrition and healthcare of mother and child. Our pre-primary development centres will focus on activities such as exploring the brain and heart," Sisodia told Catch.
The pre-primary or pre-school development centres will admit children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. Each early learning development centre will enroll 50 to 100 students. The first ten learning centres will be launched in collaboration with Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). For the first few centers, portable cabins will be set up within walking distance of localities.
"The centres will be within walking distance of the children - about 200 to 300 metres," said Sisodia. According to sources, the government might also use community centres for the initiative as a number of such centers are currently lying empty.
The early learning development are expected to run for a period of three years. In the long-run, the government plans to link it with MCD schools. The government will also identify NGOs and select academic groups while scaling up the centres.