Emotional Intelligence and Early Age Learning
By Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nasim
It is now widely acknowledged that during early age children develop all the key elements of emotional intelligence, namely, confidence, curiosity, self-control, the capacity to communicate and cooperativeness. Emotional Intelligence is now considered crucial for educational success. Students who have higher levels of emotional intelligence are more likely to remain in education, whereas, those with emotional difficulties tend to drop out. The early years of schooling are also critical for the acquisition of the concepts, skills and attitudes that lay the foundation for lifelong learning. Educational kits developed by NEEC helps in strengthening the concepts in science and mathematics during early years of education. In Pakistan, we really have to tackle very aggressively education of under l5 which is nearly 40% of the population (roughly 64 million) and adult literacy program. Nearly 50 million Pakistanis (half the countryís adult population) cannot read. Only 60 percent of Pakistani children complete 10 years of school, and only l0 percent complete 12 years. Since 2002, USAIDís education program has invested over $682 million to reform and revitalize Pakistanís education system. Working closely with the Ministry of Education, national standards for accreditation are being developed and efforts are being made for improving coordination among teacher training institutions. During this quarter we had to make hectic efforts to get orders for the teaching kits worth Rs.80million from National Rural Support Program(NSRP) for primary schoolís teaching kits, Ed-links/ USAID for middle school science & mathematics kits, JABIC( a project of JICA) for middle school science kits and Education department, Govemment of Baluchistan. We are making maximum efforts to manufacture these teaching tools/ kits at our Engineering Workshop. Educationists in the world today address studentís classroom learning needs through child-centered teaching methods, curriculum are the guidelines, and improvements have been achieved in teaching and learning in mathematics, science, computer and English. In Pakistan, we need to look at teacher /student ratios while examining the effect of child- centered teaching approaches. Links to learning program of USAID has earmarked $90 million for the year 2007-2012 for the support of education in Pakistan. NEEC has bigger challenges and opportunities to grow and play a leading role in the education of our children across Pakistan. In addition the faculty of NEEC focuses on training of science teachers through holding 2-3 weeks workshops where the practical are performed on the kits/teaching tools in all the science subjects.
Note: This message was written for NEEC's quarterly newsletter (Jul-Sep-2009) by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nasim.