Expansion of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Punjab
Under the Punjab ECE Policy (2017), School Education Department is committed to ensuring that “all children ages 3 – 5 achieve their cognitive, linguistic, socio-emotional and physical potential, and transition to primary school successfully”. Through World Bank PESP-III, SED has laid the groundwork for introducing Early Childhood Education in schools, and has established more than 11,000 dedicated ECE classrooms across Punjab till date.
ECE rooms are furnished with decorative wall paint, interactive ECE kits, and age-appropriate furniture to create a conducive learning environment. Furthermore, over 28,000 Head teachers and Teachers have been trained on the provincial ECE Curriculum and staffed in these classrooms across Punjab. PMIU regularly monitors ECE rooms to track quality and ensure that standards are met as prescribed by the ECE Policy. With the foundations of ECE established in the province, going forward the focus will be towards strengthening the quality of teaching practices and improving classroom experience at the pre-primary level.