Parental Education Fair Highlights The Importance Of Early Childhood Development
Fathers are one of the best, yet most underutilized child development resources
Mahottari, Nepal, 14 October 2017 - On a warm Saturday morning, Aarati Mishra breastfed her six-month-old son Rohan. Her husband Aakash began combing their two-year-old daughter Aalya’s hair. Dressed in a yellow outfit, Aalya sat quietly as her father finished getting her ready. The family of four then took a 45-minute bus ride to Jaleshwar, the district headquarters of Mahottari in southeastern plains of Nepal.
In Jaleshwar, Aakash and Aarati were two of more than 4,000 parents and caregivers visiting Avivawak Mela, a one-day parental education fair organized by the local government and supported by UNICEF and its partner Seto Gurans. The fair was a day of fun and learning and included various theme-based stalls providing information on the importance of early childhood development as well as local customs and traditions related to child rearing. It also included a play area and an indoors area for activities for children.
Ten best parents from the parental education programme in the district were felicitated during the fair along with five best early childhood development facilitators. During the event, popular Nepali actors Sitaram Kattel and Kunjana Ghimire read out letters to each other highlighting what made him or her a good parent for their five-year-old daughter.