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Programs like Sesame Street and Nickelodeon were able to say that children can learn literacy. There are thousands of people through research who say that they learnt English language through Sesame Street as children. So TV can have an impact in being multi-lingual, some amount of language literacy from other languages, some key words which helped make for a better world.”, says Dr. Asha Singh.
Dr. Asha Singh is an Associate Professor with Lady Irwin College and is a Specialist in Theatre in Education. In this video blog, she talks about certain issues pertaining in children as young as 6 years. Emphasizing on the importance of play during early childhood years, Dr. Singh says that with every action the child is intending to explore, experiment, see and experience. Play is an integral part of early childhood and the child is continuously experimenting and experiencing something new through it. Talking about children growing up amidst media, she says that parents should practice ‘co-viewing’ which is watch what they are watching, along with them. It is also important to channelize the media content for the child and help them in meaning making. Talking about the appropriateness of online games, she says that in this era of gizmos and gadgets, children have nearly forgotten being close to nature. Even though cyber space has many opportunities, the child should be made aware of the joys of outdoor plays.
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My main interests centre on working with children using the medium of arts for education. In my work, there is an attempt to combine training in Child Development and Classical dance and theatre, to create modules for participatory initiatives that enrich interactions of teachers and parents with children. My research and outreach efforts are grounded in theatre in education techniques and centre on pedagogy in teacher education which have been explored in a diversity of social classes and cultural milieus in my work over the last three decades. I have been working in close collaboration with non-governmental organizations such as Mobile Creches, Deepalaya and Plan and others who provide optimal facilities for the young. Besides teaching in the Department of Human Development & Childhood studies at Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, I helped the Theatre-in-Education company at the National School of Drama to focus on child-oriented techniques. I am also on the Managing Board of Public Schools, and through my involvement with the National Council for Education & Research Training (NCERT, India) specially the NCF 2005, have been part of projects seeking to conceptualise creative curriculum designs. In the last decade, I have also been using theater techniques as a form of discussion and healing with children in the context of the aftermath of violence and ongoing political instability. My association with Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian adaptation of Sesame Street a New York based Children’s programme, as Director, Education & Research, allowed me to further pursue multiple interests to provide for children what is their right. This project allowed me to use child related knowledge in providing direction for content for children’s programming for television.