Union for Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday launched the Center’s flagship program ‘Poshan Bhi, Padhai Bhi‘, which will focus on early childhood care and education (ECCE) in anganwadis across the country
Irani said the ministry has allocated Rs 600 crore for training of anganwadi workers to implement ECCE. The National Institute for Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) has committed to training Anganwadi workers, she said.
The goal, the minister said, is not only to turn the anganwadi centers into nutrition centers, but also into centers that provide education. ECCE will focus on education in the mother tongue, under the New Education Policy, he said.
“Poshan Bhi, Padhai Bhi is our effort to ensure that the ECCE material, which has been prepared based on the New Education Policy, is filtered to every anganwadi in the country through new training methodologies, with competent guidance from ministry officials and state participation. governments and those in communities and civil societies,” Irani said.