Children and Sustainable Development

pp 319-334


Addressing the First Teachers: Education and Sustainable Development for Children, Families and Communities Through Vocational Education, Technology and Life Skills Training for Women

  • Rao R. BhavaniAffiliated withAMMACHI Labs, Amrita University
  • , Srividya SheshadriAffiliated withAMMACHI Labs, Amrita University Email author 
  • , Laura Aswati MaciuikaAffiliated withAMMACHI Labs, Amrita University Email author 

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Supporting children’s education and development has long been a focus of institutions and non-profit organizations in developing countries. Mounting evidence from developmental psychology and neuroscience continues to point to a child’s environment, including resources and quality of caregiver interaction, as critical to healthy development in childhood and into adulthood. Since mothers most often serve as a child’s first teachers in shaping a child’s cognitive-emotional learning and values, empowering women also can support higher quality development for children. Amrita University’s AMMACHI Labs addresses children’s first teachers through empowering women with a multidisciplinary, computerized approach to vocational training and skill development, including life skills training, and personal and community development. This paper presents a case study of AMMACHI Labs’ WE: Sanitation Project with rural women in India, supporting sanitation, skills, and increased capacity through skills training in toilet building, hygiene education, and life skills training, leading to increased participation in the family, community and economy.