PAFEC Launches Second Cohort of Online Certificate Course on Early Childhood Development – The Promise of Endless Opportunities
The second cohort of online certificate course on Early Childhood Development – The Promise of Endless Opportunities kicked off with a cake cutting ceremony on Friday October 15, 2021. More than 100 participants including students and faculty members from partner universities (Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, Allama Iqbal Open University, Fatima Jinnah Women University, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Lahore College for Women University, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, The University of Haripur, Sukkur IBA University) and some individual participants joined the course. PAFEC has designed this certificate course for students, teachers, parents, aspirants, caregivers, researchers, and entrepreneurs, to develop foundational understanding of Early Childhood Development, and Early Childhood Care and Education focusing on the child’s development, learning, and care from zero to eight years of age among the participants.
The course encompasses early development, learning and care with a particular focus on discovering connections between theory, research, policy, and professional practice. The course aims to provide a clear understanding of the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning, optimal development, and wellbeing. More specifically, the course will focus on phases/stages of child development, significance of 1st 1000 days, factors affecting brain milestones, positive and playful parenting, the Single National Curriculum Framework on Early Childhood Care & Education, global best practices, Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on Goal 4.2, Nurturing Care Framework, UN Conventions on the Rights of the Children (with a focus on the four principles, i.e., best interest of a child, non-discrimination, survival and development, and participation) and health, nutrition standards for children between the ages of zero to eight, landscape of ECD in Pakistan, rationale for early investment and proposed ECD/ECCE programme for Pakistan