It was a festive mood for children on November 28th, 2019 at Deshpande Foundation’s premises. EarlySpark initiative students were seen confident to step towards the stage for some amazing performances and they had a sense of achievement within to receive their graduation certificates.
EarlySpark is devoted to creating optimal learning environments for young children. The experts’ team of the initiative knows that quality early childhood education has lingering lifelong impacts on academic skills and social-emotional development. EarlySpark creates classroom experiences that promote confidence, independence and growth in the community. It aims to spark problem-solving abilities in children that can last for a lifetime.
EarlySpark initiative organized the “Graduation Ceremony and Felicitation Program” on November 28th, 2019 at the Deshpande Foundation’s premises. From eight government schools, 412 EarlySpark students received graduation certificates and 14 teachers were felicitated for their support and participation in the teachers training program.
The chief guest of the event Major (Retd) Siddalingayya S Hiremath, Additional Commissioner, Public Instruction Department, Dharwad District while addressing the gathering said, “Imparting good education to the children is the responsibility of the entire community- the parents, people of the area, teachers. When all come together to develop a better environment for the children then children get interest to attend schools and learn.”
“This initiative has already brought positive changes among students. And from our department we are ready to support and collaborate with EarlySpark” added Mr. Hiremath.
Smita Deshpande, Founder, EarlySpark Initiative thanking the Public Instruction Department, teachers and parents for their support on the occasion stated that “This initiative has covered 20 schools so far, and the plan is to expand it to 100 Schools next year.”
The Government Schools staff where the EarlySpark interventions were held and ongoing and the parents of the children expressed their feedback during the event.
This initiative was a ray of hope for our children and they started questioning teachers and us at home. After reaching home my son tells me the entire day’s activities and leanings he had at school. His approach towards learning new things has increased, thanks EarlySpark team for bringing this change in our children” said, Savitri Goudar, a parent.
Umesh Y Bommakkanavar, Public Relations Officer, Public Instruction Department, Dharwad District; Mr. Kishan Karikatti, Block Education Officer; Mr. Srinivas Deshpande, Retd. Labour Commissioner; Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande, Founder Deshpande Foundation; Dr. Jaishree Deshpande, Co-Founder, Deshpande Foundation; Mr. Vivek Pawar, CEO, Deshpande Foundation and other dignitaries were present.