Prophesying early childhood educational care in India: My insider/outsider postcolonial vision

Prasanna Srinivasan

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    Time and time again early childhood educational care has been touted as being foundational for not just the future of those individuals, but for the wellbeing and the betterment of the world. I did not plan to talk about the women of India when I began writing this chapter. I justify briefly why I initially decided to talk about women’s matters when talking about children’s matters. Firstly, one common government department, the Ministry of Women and Child Development takes responsibility for the development and implementation of policies that concern both women and young children of India. Therefore, as the name implies, political action for and about women and children is developed by the same department; and this provides a political space to discuss women’s experiences when discussing the educational care of young children in India. Secondly, India is the second most populous country in the world with around 158 million children between the ages of 0 and 6 (Census India in Child population in the age group 0–6 by sex: 2011. New Delhi: The Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, 2011).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Issues and Challenge in Early Childhood Education in the Asia-Pacific Region
    EditorsMinyi Li, Jillian L. Fox, Susan Grieshaber
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811022074
    ISBN (Print)9789811022050
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameNew frontiers of educational research
    ISSN (Print)2195-3473

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