Monday, October 30, 2006

Innovative Ways of Teaching: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

It is inspiring to see that there is quite a good amount of innovation happening under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

I read an article in the Hindustan Times - New Delhi edition a few days ago regarding the innovative ways of teaching that have been adopted by the volunteers at the SSA. Currently unable to get the online link, but its available on their e-paper version.

Excerpts:

Innovation, it seems, is the way to go. Conventional teaching methods are giving way to creative ideas.....


In Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district, children from 170 deprived families call a boat their school. Since their parents live on boats too, normal schools were too far for them. So, “providing schools close to their homes” was the best bet of giving them an education, the compilation says.

This particular one seems interesting:

In Gujarat, girl students are being used as tools to educate their mothers, with the help of SSA volunteers.

This is a great move of trying to educate the mothers via the girl students.
Traditionally, the housewives in this strata of the society are conservative and usually not educated. By trying to address their education needs in addition to educating today's girl child, the SSA volunteers have come up with a great solution.

In Haryana, the government has given bicycles to 21,000 girls so that they get to school.

It is commendable to see the efforts that are going into the program in terms of new and innovative ways of teaching.

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