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Breaking Gender Stereotypes Should Begin At Play School Level: NCERT

The HRD Ministry's curriculum developing body has made the 'gender equality' recommendations in the new guidelines for pre-school education.

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Gender stereotyping should end at pre-school level itself to ensure children are not gender-biased when they grow up, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) said.

The HRD Ministry's curriculum developing body has made the 'gender equality' recommendations in the new guidelines for pre-school education.

It has asked schools to ensure that teachers demonstrate equal and appropriate expectations from boys and girls by providing them equal attention, respect and equal opportunities.

A senior NCERT official said, "Schools should select books, plays and other activities free of any gender bias. “Teachers should avoid language that limits one gender or another, and use gender-neutral labels."

“Teachers should use stories, songs, activities and facilitation aids that depict girls and boys, including some with special needs in the same roles as men and women in all professions. Both women and men should appear as leaders, heroes and problem solvers,” the official added.

It has also been recommended that parents are regularly sensitised to support these practices at home. The proposed curriculum will follow developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) that are appropriate to their age, stage and context.

“It is important to help them understand and stop discrimination,” the official said.

The guidelines also have recommendations for playschools to ensure careful inclusion of children with disabilities through early intervention that minimises learning difficulties and accelerates child development.

(Source: IndianExpress Education)


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