Nidesh Soni

Your students know who Malala Yousufzai is. Now introduce them to UNICEF's Meena, her brother Raju and parrot Mithoo through the presentation and animated videos.

This article argues that although Indian women join the school teaching profession in significant numbers, they tend to be concentrated in primary school teaching and rarely rise to positions of authority and leadership. Creating greater equity in the school teaching profession will not only have positive consequences for women teachers but also for the way young children are socialized into adult roles.

Early childhood, the period from conception up to the age of about six years, is now known to be the most significant stage of life, from the point of view of human development, and neglect or trauma at this stage can lead to serious damage, sometimes permanent. Five issues can be conceptualized as the rights of the young child, seen from a gender perspective, or, to put it differently, gender discrimination through the young child's lens.
1. The first one is the right to be born a girl.

A mother, sensitive to and aware of the happenings in the society today, writes this letter on facebook addressing her children. Important and relevant to all children, especially teenagers, this letter can also be used by teachers to discuss the various points raised, in the classroom. Please note that while dealing with the issues the letter raises and the questions the children may have, a great deal of honesty and sensitivity is needed. 

We are grateful to writer Beji Jaison for giving us the permission to publish her letter on Teachers of India. 

The family is the child’s first introduction to the society he or she is a part of. Through the topic a child is able to connect with and learn from his immediate environment at home by identifying the members that constitute the family and the various roles they play.

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