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Child Development, Special Needs and Learning – a certificate course

हिंदी में जानकारी के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

A blended mode 7 month course for further professional development jointly offered & certified by Eklavya Foundation, Bhopal and the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.


The course is designed with a focus on understanding children and childhoods in the Indian context, specifically from disadvantaged backgrounds. Whilst engaging with core issues of childhood and development, the course simultaneously poses ‘specific’ socio-cultural and political realities of the family, school and community at the core of looking at children and their learning. It deploys the participants’ field knowledge and experiences to widen the scope of understanding children and their development beyond the boundaries of disciplinary psychology; with a special focus on children with disability.

The collaboration between Eklavya Foundation and the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi forges institutional linkages between two very different teacher education initiatives - one field based; and the other, situated in the University. It brings together synergetic strengths from both the institutions through an intensive dialogue and sharing of resources and faculty.

The course aims to:

  • Build capacities of participants in the area of children’s development and their process of learning, with a special focus on children with special needs.
  • Forge and strengthen field-theory linkages on issues around development and learning, to make participants more capable and mindful in their work with children.
  • Strengthen information about core conceptual issues and ongoing research which brings change in how participants engage with children.
  • Facilitate a process of reflection from field insights, readings and discussion.
  • Focus on enhancing capacities of participants in academic reading and writing.

Participants / Beneficiaries:
The course is for working adults who want to learn something new, work with children, engaged in their upbringing and education and want to enhance their understanding of their work. These may include:

  • School teachers, esp. Primary level
  • Education field workers working at grassroots level
  • Team leaders who work with people working directly with children
  • Administrators working in the field of education
  • Educators, curriculum planners and administrators working in the field of education
  • Anyone working with children and/or interested to understand them


The five themes (units) which form the core of the curriculum are:

  • Concept of childhood
  • Understanding child development
  • Recent beliefs and theories/ principles about the process of learning
  • Emotional health of children and motivation
  • Special needs and its relation to learning

These themes would be engaged with rigour in the context of working with school children in the field. The first unit of study engages with the question of ‘who is a child?’ and includes a historical unraveling of understanding of childhood in the Indian context. The unit on development introduces the participants to core themes and theories that underlie development. Theoretical foundations of learning include constructivist theories of Piaget and Vygotsky and their relevance and application in the field-based realities. The emotional and psychological health of children is included as a core component in the course. The last unit builds a critical understanding of discourses that cast children in ‘problem’ categories.

Course Pedagogy:

  • Two residential workshops (total of 11 days) will provide immersive experience through activities, readings, discussions, plenary sessions and exposure visits.
  • Projects, readings and assignments interspersed between the workshops will ensure continued engagement with conceptual and field issues.
  • Continuous mentoring and hand-holding by faculty will be provided throughout the course duration.

Medium of Instruction: Hindi
Participants will be expected to read, understand, speak and write Hindi. Basic computer literacy and email is also required for project and assignment work.

Participants are given course completion certificates based on their participation in the workshop and evidence of engagement with core issues emergent in the course. The latter may be in the form of journals, daily reports and/ or field based assignments. Originality of ideas and style of writing in assignments and daily reports is given importance.

Parameters of Assessment:

  1. Participation in both the workshops of the course is mandatory.
  2. Participation during the workshops - raising questions, participation in discussion, making comments, helping/ assisting classmates etc.
  3. Writing daily reports for both workshops.
  4. Written assignments - require close reading and reflecting/ engaging with the study material and other relevant material; and/or field based reflections
  5. Bringing changes in one’s understanding, outlook and engagement with children on the basis of the concepts learnt in the workshop. The evidence could be in form of written samples - from daily reports or assignments.

The course is designed and conducted by senior faculty of Eklavya and Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi. Practicing psychologists and subject experts are part of the visiting faculty of the course. Faculties are Amit Kohli, Anu Gupta, Dr. Nidhi Gulati, Rashmi Paliwal and Tultul Biswas. Click here for view faculty profile....

Residential workshops at the Hoshangabad/Bhopal campus of Eklavya and the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi.
Project work and assignments to be done at participants’ own place of convenience.

Course Fee
To partially cover some of the costs of this course, a differential self-assessed structure of contributions has been worked out. Participants/sponsoring organisations are expected to choose any of the following options for the entire course, including 11 days of residential contact, and specify reasons for their choice:
     ₹ 10,000
     ₹ 5,000
     ₹ 2,500
     ₹ 1,000

Course schedule:

Last date for submitting application – 22nd December 2018 (Online)

Click here for application form and submit the form online

Final participant list announcement – 24th December 2018
First workshop (at Hoshangabad) – January 7th to 11th 2019
Last date for submitting assignment 1 – 7th February 2019
Last date for submitting assignment 2 – 7th March 2019
Last date for submitting assignment 3 – 7th April 2019
Second workshop (venue to be decided) – 7th to 12th May 2019
Last date for sumitting assignment 4 – 30th May 2019
Issuing commendations and certificates – June 2019

Course Coordinator - Tultul Biswas
Contact - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Phone: 9713996938

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