SCERT launches school counselling course for Govt teachers

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Kohima, April 16: The State Council of Educational Research Training (SCERT), Nagaland today launched first ever six months certificate course on school counselling for Government teachers in the State.
The course was formally launched by retired director of SCERT Nagaland, Vipralhou Kesiezie in the conference hall of the centre here.
Delivering the keynote address, Director of SCERT, T Sekhose said that the primary objective of the course is to ensure that at least one male and female teacher each from every Government school in Nagaland are professionally trained in theory and practice of school guidance and counselling.
The aims and objectives of the course is to offer a hand-on skill-based practical six months diploma on school counselling for school teachers of Government schools who will be identified as school counsellors, said the prospectus of the course.
The course would professionally train the teachers to cater to the needs of mental, physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of every student through school guidance and counselling programme.
The SCERT Nagaland is offering the course with technical and academic support of NCERT, New Delhi while the training will be conducted in collaboration with All Nagaland Counsellors Association, Government of Nagaland, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Social Welfare, and Department of Psychology under Nagaland University, it stated.
The major components of the course are: psychology, counselling theory and practice, spiritual counselling, mental health, testing and assessment.
School counselling is a comprehensive counselling programme designed for normal children in the school rather than a special service for problematic children, with an aim to enhance overall academic performance and all round personality development of a child, maintains the syllabus of the course while also adding that school counseling is a critical support for elementary and secondary school learning and students’ health concerns.
In his inaugural address, Kesiezie said for a child a teacher is the most important person, even greater than their own parents if it is to do with their education. Stating that the innocent minds (children) are full of questions and want to learn and understand everything, he said they believe that the teachers would fulfill and answer to all their queries.
Expressing that in schools children come from different background, Kesiezie said their needs and problems are many and we need to address them with empathy and understanding lest the unaddressed problems of the child would mar their lives permanently.
In this, the former director expressed happiness that SCERT Nagaland is the first in the country to introduce the certificate course on school counselling, while also expressing the hope that the course would benefit the teachers and help in giving proper guidance to the needs of the students.
Chaired by SCERT joint director Moatemjen, blessing was offered by Senior Pastor of Baptist Mission Church Kohima, Rev Moa Longchari.
(Page News Service)