Central Government Releases Preschool Curriculum 'Aadharshila'

  • 20 Apr 2024

In April 2024, the Central government introduced the 'Aadharshila' curriculum for 3-6-year-olds, aiming to enhance preschool learning in 14 lakh anganwadis across India.

Key points:

  • National Curriculum Introduction: The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) releases 'Aadharshila,' a 48-week curriculum aligning with the National Education Policy 2020.
  • Emphasis on Early Learning: 'Aadharshila' focuses on foundational literacy and numeracy, aiming to strengthen children's basic concepts in anganwadis.
  • Policy Objectives: Concerns over children's lack of foundational skills drive the curriculum's development, targeting improved academic performance and psychosocial adaptation.
  • Curriculum Design: An internal committee, comprising various stakeholders, finalizes the curriculum, integrating academic activities with play-based learning.
  • Play Calendar: The curriculum includes a structured play calendar, engaging children in activities like storytelling, art, and music, fostering holistic development.
  • Learning Goals: Children explore various themes, develop basic skills, and reinforce learning through age-appropriate activities and worksheets.
  • State Implementation: The framework serves as a base for states to develop culturally appropriate curriculums, aiming to enhance preschool education nationwide.