Sonapur: A recent workshop on understanding child growth and development in schools drew huge response from the school teachers in and around Guwahati.
Organized by Assam Don Bosco University on March 1 and 2, the national workshop package aimed at 'enhancing the effectiveness of a school as an institution of education through strengthening the capacity and ability of school teachers by understanding the child in the context of society, polity, economics, culture, physical, psychological, and special needs, thus making the teaching - learning process effective and child friendly within school in relation to larger socio-cultural milieu, said Jacob Islary, the programme coordinator,
The workshop covers the following modules: Child – Society, Polity, Economy and Culture; Child – Education and Methodology of Education; Child – Sex, Gender and Gender Roles; Child – Growth and Development: Physical, Psychological, Social, and Special Need; Child – Rights in the context of education and discipline.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Riju Sharma, Director SHSS, ADBU stressed the importance of understanding the child in the context of his or her location, background and orientation by teachers in the process of education.'
The first workshop was attended by the teachers of St. John Bosco School, Patgaon in Kokrajhar. The School has a wide pool of teachers from the states of Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal. It has a strength of 368 students from class I to X, and 22 staff members. Majority of the students come from families and villages that have been victims of ethnic conflict and violence of lower Assam.