In essence, play is a crucial means by which children gain insight into the world and their own identity. It plays a role in building important abilities that lay the foundation for life. People who influence and educate children, such as parents, guardians, and teachers, can shape a child’s learning and social interactions by grasping both the specifics of play and the way children learn through play.
In preparation for PALICE Pilot 2, IID’s education unit has organized 2-day workshops in Gaibandha and Rangpur districts, bringing together more than 200 teachers and educators. It was carried out from August 28th to September 29th, 2022, after a two-day training of each participating teacher and instructional support staff (ISS). Pilot 2 was implemented across four Upazilas of Gaibandha and Rangpur districts – Shaghata, Rangpur Sadar, Badargonj, and Pirgonj. To carry out the training of 216 teachers and ISS, the same eight trainers of Pilot 1 were recruited from the local partner organizations while the other four were from the regional BRAC office. After the training, the teachers and educators administered the tools in their classrooms.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide the teachers with an understanding of the usage and application of PALICE assessment tools. During the session, the steps, and protocols for administering the tool were discussed in detail, with mock sessions of administering the tools. Finally, the detailed plan of the tool administration was discussed with the participants. In conclusion, this initiative has the potential to revolutionize the way young children learn, by providing a fun and engaging platform for them to develop the skills they need for a successful future.
IID implemented the PALICE initiative in Bangladesh as part of a Consortium led by FHI 360, with support from the LEGO Foundation.