Ashwak Bawa-morad-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Edmonton Northwest Child Care Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

Transcription – Ashwak Bawa-morad-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

[Black screen fades up to close-up of woman in interview setting, against a mottled background. Music playing.]

[Caption: Ashwak Bawa-morad, Edmonton Northwest Child Care Centre]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: The number one factor that contributes to student learning is that they have a strong, healthy relationship with the adults in their life.

[Ashwak speaks in the interview setting, alternating with voice over accompanied by video and still images, as follows: Ashwak speaking into a microphone behind a podium and pointing to a screen, with several of her fellow recipients gathered around a large table listening; Ashwak seated at a round table in the child care centre with several children, holding a book and listening to a child; and a child playing with wooden pieces suspended from rings on a bar.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: It is very important that they feel loved, and build that trust between them and the adult in their life; to feel they are welcome in the environment in which they learn. I am a big believer that the environment has a big influence and impact on the way that children behave and learn, by exposing them to an inviting environment that allows them to explore and curate their own learning style.

[Cut to close up of Ashwak speaking into a microphone behind a podium, addressing fellow recipients.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: The environment serves to answer questions through exploration. An intentional environment allows children to imagine, to explore, wonder, problem-solve.

[Cut back to Ashwak speaking in the interview setting.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: By having materials that they can put together to invent something.

[Ashwak speaks in voice over, accompanied by still shot of a child and devices created with sticks, rope and other objects.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: For example, I have one child who made a windmill and 10 months later he comes in with it and he says, ‘Oh, look, I still have my windmill!’

[Cut back to Ashwak speaking in the interview setting.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: It’s very important that they feel that the materials are there. With encouragement and motivation, they surprise you with what they can come up with. Technology can positively impact the education process by … It can help children to be ready for school readiness skills.

[Cut to still photo of Ashwak looking at a book with several children.]

[Cut back to Ashwak speaking in the interview setting.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: Technology can have a positive impact on them because they start learning how to find answers to their questions. I would say that it’s not an easy field but it’s a very rewarding field.

[Voice over is accompanied by a long shot of Ashwak speaking into a microphone behind a podium and pointing to a screen, with several recipients gathered around a large table listening.]

[Cut back to Ashwak speaking in the interview setting.]

Ashwak Bawa-morad: I would like to say ‘to get inspired and to inspire others. Just keep going.’

[Fade to black.]

[Cut to white screen, with the Government of Canada FIP followed by the Canada Wordmark.]

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