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What is Ankur?

 
The effects of Early Childhood Education (education in the age group of 3 to 6) are believed to be life-long and critical for later school learning and development. Adequate and appropriate exposure and stimulation in these years is crucial for literacy learning when the child enters formal primary school. However, Early Childhood Education is an area that is largely neglected in national policy as well as educational discourse.
 

In the rural set up, the Anganwadi Center, run under the ‘Integrated Child Development Services’ scheme by the government, caters to the needs of this age group. Of the six services offered by ICDS, Early Childhood Education is the weakest service.  This is because of inadequate emphasis on the ECE component in the Anganwadi Sevikas’ training. Thus Anganwadi, the largest network of preschools in rural area, fails in providing appropriate Early Childhood Education.

Ankur is a special programme aimed at strengthening the Early Childhood Education activities in Anganwadis. QUEST has developed a 6-stage training programme for the Anganwadi workers and their supervisors. Once they are trained, QUEST provides on-site resource support on a regular basis. At every stage, QUEST conducts tests to monitor the progress of the children.

Salient Features
  • Well defined observable outcomes at each stage
  • Focus on holistic development with emphasis on emergent literacy approach
  • Systematic longitudinal research to assess the impact

Location and Outreach:

Ankur has been implemented in Anganwadis under Parali PHC in Wada taluka of Palghar district. The implementation is expected to take place in three phases, with 40, 40 and 30 Anganwadis to be included in each Phase. Thus, a total number of 110 Anganwadis are to be covered.

Financial Support:

The financial support for Ankur is extended by Sir Ratan Tata Trust.