*CM Arvind Kejriwal provides Rs 1 crore financial assistance to the family of Corona warrior Late Dr. Hitesh Gupta*
*CM Arvind Kejriwal expresses his gratitude for Dr. Hitesh Gupta's sacrifice and service for the people of Delhi*
*Life can hold no monetary value, but I hope that this compensation will help the family in long term. His wife belongs to a very educated background, she will also be provided a government job. We will try to help them in every possible way: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
New Delhi: 13th January 2021-Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met with the family of Corona warrior Late Dr. Hitesh Gupta and handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 crore as financial assistance. After a long struggle from Corona, Dr. Gupta succumbed to the deadly novel coronavirus in November 2020. While meeting the family of Late Dr. Gupta at their residence, CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed his gratitude for Dr. Gupta's sacrifice for the people of Delhi. He also said that the Delhi government will do whatever it can to support the family of Dr. Gupta, who was a resident of IP extension and was working in Karkardooma dispensary of the Delhi govt.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Dr. Hitesh Gupta was a doctor with the Delhi government who was serving the patients during the period of Corona pandemic. He got infected while serving the Corona patients and unfortunately lost his life after being hospitalized. The Delhi government had announced this unique scheme to support the families of Corona warriors who lose their lives in the line of Covid duty. I have come to meet the family of Late Dr. Hitesh Gupta ji and have provided them Rs 1 crore as assistance. Life can hold no monetary value, but I hope that this compensation will help the family in long term. His wife belongs to a very educated background, she will also be provided a government job. We will try to help them in every possible way."
Surbhi Gupta, wife of Late Dr. Hitesh Gupta said, "I am grateful to CM Kejriwal for helping us at this need of hour. My husband Dr. Hitesh Gupta was a Corona warrior. CM Kejriwal has supported us and he has promised to us for taking care of us and help us in the future as well."
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*The Delhi govt will provide free vaccine to the residents of Delhi if the Centre fails to do so: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal*
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "I am happy that the vaccine will start getting administered on January 16. The vaccine will first be given to Corona warriors such as health workers, frontline workers. I hope that the struggle of the last year will come to an end and hope that people will get some relief from the Corona pandemic. I want to appeal to everyone to not spread any misinformation on the vaccine. I believe that the Central government along with the scientists etc have followed all protocols and safeguards before bringing this vaccine. There should be no doubt regarding it. I had appealed to the Central government that ours is a poor nation, and a pandemic like this has hit the nation after 100 years, since 1918 when the Spanish Flu hit humankind. There are a lot of people who would not be able to afford the vaccine. I had appealed to the Centre to provide free vaccine to all the people of the country. If required and if the Centre doesn't do it, the Delhi government will provide free vaccine to all the residents of Delhi."
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*CM Arvind Kejriwal chairs high-level review meeting on the on-going projects of the Delhi Jal Board to provide 24x7 water supply and establishing 100% water sewer connections across national capital*
*Delhi Jal Board officials apprise the CM on the ongoing projects of the 24x7 water supply, 100% sewer connections, use of recycled water, etc*
*We have to complete all the projects within the stipulated time frame; I want every Delhiite to have access to 24x7 clean and safe water in the future: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
New Delhi: 13th January 2021-CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday chaired a high-level review meeting on the ongoing projects of the Delhi Jal Board including reviewing the projects of 24x7 water supply and establishing 100% water sewer connections across Delhi. In the meeting, the CM was apprised about the status of several on-going projects such as water supply augmentation, use of recycled water from DJB STPs and DSIIDC CETPs, and the up-gradation of DSIIDC CETPs, etc. Delhi Water Minister Shri Satyendar Jain and DJB vice-chairman Shri Raghav Chadha along with other DJB officials were present in the meeting.
In the meeting held today, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal was apprised about the status of utilization of treated effluents like 70 MGD coronation pillar STP, 20 MGD Auchandi and Jaunti Regulator projects and the recent joint inspection by UYRB & DJB Team.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "We have to complete all the projects within the stipulated time frame. The project completion has to be ensured to provide relief to the people and also prevent the unnecessary expenditure of money. I want every Delhiite to have access to 24x7 clean and safe water in the future."
*Water Supply Status in Delhi Colonies*
Under the water project, a total of 580 unauthorized and authorized colonies of the PPP area and Sangam Vihar have been included, out of which 517 colonies have been connected with the water network. The remaining colonies will be connected by December 2021. There are a total of 1799 colonies in Delhi. Out of these, there are 260 colonies in East Delhi, out of which 256 colonies have been connected with a water network. The remaining colonies will be completed after 8 months of getting demarcation and NOC. There are 432 colonies in South Delhi, out of which 352 colonies have been connected with the water network and the rest of them will be completed by March 2020. Central Delhi and North Delhi have a total of 144 colonies, out of which 138 colonies have been connected with a water network and the remaining colonies will be connected by March 2022. There are 383 colonies in West Delhi, out of which 359 colonies have been connected with the water network and the remaining colonies will be connected by 31st October 2021. Out of a total of 1799 colonies across Delhi, the water network has been laid in 1622 colonies. Water has reached 1571 colonies, and the remaining 113 colonies will have to be demarcated before getting the water supply. The Delhi government is committed to extending water to all unauthorized and authorized colonies in Delhi by March 2022.
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*Delhi Education Conference Day Two: panel discussion on getting children ready for formal learning led by experts from India, Germany, and Finland*
*Develop strong teacher training programmes in India; specialist teachers can add value to the public education system: Tuuli Makinen, Finland-based preschool educator*
*In the light of implementing NEP 2020, a comprehensive curriculum for ages 3-8 in schools is the need of the hour; will benefit teachers in early childhood education in India: Venita Kaul, former head of Department of Preschool and Elementary Education, NCERT*
*Develop strong teacher-training programmes, appreciate teachers, and focus on children experiencing their environment, especially in this digital age- Advice of the panel to Education Minister of Delhi.*
New Delhi : 13.01.2021-The Delhi Government’s International Education Conference 2021 kicked off its day two with a panel discussion on 'Get Children Ready for Formal Learning' led by policy experts from Finland, Germany and India. “In the context of New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Delhi Government should work on setting up a cadre of specially trained foundational stage teachers and make them the most important part of the school system,” said Venita Kaul, professor and director of School of Education Studies and founder-director of Center for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University at the session.
This invigorating panel had revered education experts like Dr Divya Jalan, founder member of Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI), Sebastian Suggate (Germany), senior lecturer in education at the University of Regensburg, Tuuli Makinen (Finland), a preschool educator, and Kaul. The session was moderated by Mythili Bector, teacher-former principal and present in-charge of Primary and Library branch of Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi. The session opened with introductory remarks by Lucy Crehan (UK), author of 'Cleverlands' and an international education consultant.
The panel with its focus on early childhood education and formal education ran through four key discussions - school starting age, pre-academic and social skills, addressing early learning gaps, and implementing NEP’s recommendation of ensuring foundations and school readiness.
On the appropriate age to begin formal education for children, Makinen, who is a preschool educator in Finland said, “We’ve noticed that in Finland, at age 7, the majority of children are ready and feeling motivated. They are interested in reading and learning. Since they've already been given the essential socio-emotional skills in preschool, we feel that that's the right age and have had that for the past 50 years.”
Makinen also talked about prioritising teacher training, and emphasised the need for teachers to be prepared with all aspects of child behaviour in their classrooms. “In Finland, teachers observe the child. How h/she reads & learns. Setting individual goals is important for early formative education. We follow positive education by focusing on the child's strength and character more.”
On what the Delhi government should focus on for school readiness and early childhood education, Makinen added, “It is important to appreciate teachers and teachers training. I also feel play-based education and learning by doing should be added to the curriculum. In the early years of teacher training in Finland a lot of theoretical knowledge is provided. At the same time, enough play-based practices are taught too. That practical knowledge creates the real change, that is most helpful", she said.
On addressing the learning gaps, especially in education for special needs children, Jalan said that in India, lack of information for caregivers and parents has been the biggest hurdle. “They need acceptance, and a lot of support. But things are changing as they're demanding inclusive schools and services,” she said.
“It is important to understand the gaps in education and experiences in the life of a special needs child. Experiences shape their understanding, and therefore, teaching techniques need to be more varied and creative to enhance learning,” Jalan said. She added, “Teachers should work on how they can include the child in classrooms. School readiness in terms of infrastructure resources, and sensitising all children and parents is equally important in India.”
Suggate, who’s a researcher in child development, and has conducted research into reading and school starting age discussed how first-generation learners can benefit from early childhood education. He said, “Traditionally, in India, families often sing to their children and read stories to them. Such traditional family structures and experiences are intrinsically motivating for children in their foundational stage.”
Additionally, Suggate added that in early childhood education, sensory motor foundational skills, and academic learning is linked. He said, “You can take something like fine motor skills of children and link it later to mathematics, speaking and movement.”
Kaul, professor and former head of Department of Preschool and Elementary Education, NCERT also highlighted the importance of having a comprehensive curriculum for students aged 3 to 8. “In the light of NEP which talks about seamless transition into primary education, there needs to be a comprehensive curriculum for ages 3 to 8. It’ll come handy to teachers, and serve as a guiding framework to work with. Unless they’re extremely well-trained, they won’t be able to think for themselves.”
Kaul also talked about the role of anganwadi workers' future. She said, “The focus should be on blended training for Anganwadi workers. Their workload needs to be reassessed too since their role is not just limited to teaching.”
While concluding the panel discussion, the panel offered their advice to the education minister Manish Sisodia — to develop strong teacher-training programmes, appreciate teachers, and focus on children having primary experiences with their environment, especially in this digital age.
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