Speakers stressed the importance of enriched contribution parents and educationists can make, using appropriate sources of learning and development, latest research, better networking amongst peers and a will to make learning a fun activity for the thought leaders of tomorrow.
During a Pakistan’s first-ever series of symposia on early education, trends and future path here at the Royal Palm & Country Club on Saturday, experts provided parents a chance to learn how to support the work of learning specialists. They discussed the learning needs at the most critical period of learning and development for a child.
Learning and child development experts, leading practitioners, educationists in the field and parents joined hands to raise awareness on the importance of early learning and development for future generations in Pakistan. The City School (TCS), a pioneer and highly-regarded thought leader in early years education, has organised Pakistan’s first-ever series of symposia across the country.
Centre for Trauma Research and Psychosocial Interventions director general Prof Dr Mowadat Hussain Rana, head of Child Rights Department Prof Dr Naeem Zafar, ceramic and pottery artist Sheherzade Alam, educators Irum Yousuf, Fiona Hallworth, Tina Hameed, Kim Langen, Basarat Midhat, TV anchor Umer Saud and others shared their knowledge with the gathering.
Suggesting a quality care and learning environment for children, Dr Mowadat said that the children must achieve the early learning goals inside the educational institutions. He asked the strong audience to reflect on how important it is to understand how children see the world. Amongst distinguished attendees were illustrious child specialists from different academic backgrounds.
On the occasion, Dr Naeem asked the federal and the provincial governments to include child protection clauses in the (job) contact of every teacher. “We also need protection for our children both inside and outside of the educational institutions, like any other part of the world,” he said, pointing out missing laws in this regard.