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HENB | Aurangabad | February 6, 2016:: Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde-Palwe (In-charge, Rural Dev. Water Resources, Women and Child Development Ministries) on Wednesday said curriculum for children at Anganwadis across the state will include the Ramayana and Mahabharata story telling.
“Some ministers, including Sudhir Mungantiwar (finance), wanted the children to have some spiritual development. So we decided to include Ramayana and Mahabharata in the syllabus prepared for Anganwadis being run as part of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme,” said Munde-Pawle said here.
This is for the first time the syllabus for Anganwadis has been designed. The ICDS programme aims to provide services to pre-school children in an integrated manner to ensure proper growth and development of children in rural, urban, tribal and slum areas.
This services include the supplementary nutrition, joy full learning and free mode pre-primary education, health check up and growth monitoring, Immunization and referral services for the children of 0-6 years of age group.
Story telling, free conversation, dance, recitation, rhymes, singing, drawing, clay modelling, indigenous games are very much attractive for the children coming to the Anganwadis.
Primary education director Mahavir Mane said the curriculum would not be applicable to private or other pre-primary schools.
It is learnt that the concerned ministry has the planning to introduce Surya Namaskar, Mediation and basic Pranayams for the children coming to Anganwadi centers for their physical, mental, educational ad societal developments.