Vikash Sharma

The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education on Saturday released the guidelines for parent participation in ‘Home-based Learning’ during school closure and beyond.

The guidelines for parent participation in ‘home-based learning during school closure & beyond' drafted for parents and caregivers to provide information on the 'Why', 'What' & 'How-to' of participation in supporting children during school closure, irrespective of literacy levels, tweeted Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

“I strongly feel that a home is the first school, and parents are the first teachers. In this pandemic, the role of parent's is pivotal in the growth and learning of children,” said Pokhriyal.

The guidelines on home based learning emphasize on the need for parents to create a safe and engaging environment and a positive learning environment, have realistic expectations from the child, taking care of health and eat healthy, while at the same time having fun with children.

As per PIB report, these guidelines are meant not only for parents but also for caregivers, other family members, grandparents, community members, older siblings who all are engaged in promoting the welfare of children.

The guidelines provide many simple tips for parents and others to facilitate children in Home based learning. These suggestive activities are in accordance with the various stages of school education as per NEP 2020.

Age-appropriate art activities have been categorized on basis of 5+3+3+4 system viz Foundation Stage (Age 3-8yrs); Preparatory Stage (Age 8-11 yrs); Middle Stage (Age 11-14yrs); and Secondary Stage: From Adolescent to Adult age (Age 14-18 years), PIB release read. The activities are simple and suggestive, which can be adapted and adopted to local needs and contexts.

The Guidelines appreciate the role of Art as a therapy for children under stress or trauma. The Guidelines lay significance on improving children's learning by monitoring and addressing their learning gaps. Collaboration of parents with teachers in documenting and reflecting on the progress that children are making in their learning is important for both teachers and parents.

The Guidelines also advise the schools to involve parents by providing information and ideas on helping students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning, and involving them in school decisions. Resources like sending Newsletters, emails, memos, etc. may be provided to parents, the release added.