NEW DELHI: On Thursday, an announcement was
made by Manish Sisodia, Delhi's Deputy chief minister that very soon, Early
Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) centres will be established in Delhi by the
This announcement was made at an event
organised by the Ambedkar University at India Habitat Centre in Delhi.
"We are setting up Early Childhood
Care & Education Centres in Delhi. Our government is very much serious
about this project. We need almost 3,000 ECCE centres," commented Sisodia.
He proclaimed that once opened, these 3,000
centres, would prepare about 2.5-3 lakh children for schools over three years.
"But, it would take time to set up
3,000 centres. So, it is my endeavour to start 10 centres on pilot basis in one
month. These pilot centres will be opened specifically in slum clusters and
unauthorised colonies," he added.
Sisodia said, "This will help the kids
living in slums clusters a lot and prepare them for school education, which most
of the time they don't get. In the name of early childhood education, we have
playways and nursery classes, but those lack the broader concept of early
"We will develop ECCE centres in a way
where children are taught lessons of life through plays, activities and games.
We will run these centres with the help of society and experts," revealed
Mr. Sisodia was of the opinion that the
ECCE centres should function in a way that when a six-year-old goes to school,
he should be well prepared for academic education.