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‘Time Life’ emphasizes on early education

Officials of Time Life with participants at the workshop for parents and teachers of early learners at Red Cross Building, Saturday. (NP)
Kohima, Correspondent:
Published on 24 Aug. 2008 6:43 PM IST
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Education is not just spoon-feeding children with possible general knowledge and skills but is about knowing and helping them develop their personality to become successful human beings. Essence of education is comprised in sharing responsibility between children, parents and teachers, to promote children's general wellbeing and to provide a basis for success.' With an aim to give children a winning edge in school and in life, and to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the world, a workshop for parents and teachers of early learners (0-10) was conducted Saturday at the Red Cross Building, Kohima. The workshop was organized by the Time Life-Educational Technologies Limited (ETL), a member of the Times Publishing Group that deals with quality education products for homes, schools and libraries. The workshop gave special inputs to teachers and parents in rearing children with special needs. The workshop was attended by parents and teachers from schools dealing with children with special needs. Area Manager of North East India Time Life- ETL, Neikule Doulo, stated that parents have a huge responsibility in shaping the future of children. She noted that 90% of success of a person comes from his home. Underlining the importance of early education for early learners, Doulo said "By eight months, a baby's brain has about 1,000 trillion brain cell connections. After that, the number of connections begins to decline. This decline is proportional to the lack of sensory stimulation." She further asserted that the brain's greatest growth spurt draws to a close around the age of ten. Affirming reading to be an important stimulus in shaping a child's future, Neikule said that reading helps children to master language development, increase vocabulary, builds listening skills, develops imagination and creativity, expands horizons, exposes to new situations, etc. Speaking on ways to start early with children, Special Educator of Hope Centre, Kohima, Ilika Zhimomi stated that early start was important for children to achieve age specific abilities, and further added that 0-10 was most crucial years for physical, cognitive, social, educational and emotional ,language development. She highlighted on ways to develop and identify the learning skills of children such as motor skill, visual perception, auditory skill, reading skills, Maths learning, reasoning and problem solving. Dwelling on children with special needs, Zhimomi asserted that the stereotyped attitude of people in isolating such group needed to be changed. She urged that children with disabilities should be given inclusive education in regular classrooms regardless of their nature of their disability. Children should be taught to accept and understand human differences, she added. She further stated that there should be mutual interaction between parents and teachers in achieving a common goal. Time Life-ETL was first launched in Nagaland in 2006, with an aim to promote quality education and provide essential products for better learning. Time Life-ETL Nagaland, with its main office at Kohima, is the only branch in the whole of North East India. It has conducted several camps and other educative activities in the past.

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