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Bringing a ray of hope in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir

ZIIEI methods are proving to be a boon in a region where education takes a backseat amidst continuous strikes and curfews

Asmat comes across as a young, hijab-clad, shy girl who likes to keep it to herself

Belonging to a conservative Muslim family in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir where women take a backseat, she hardly gets the opportunity to express herself openly.

Belonging to a conservative Muslim family in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir where women take a backseat, she hardly gets the opportunity to express herself openly.

In a patriarchal set up, she has always seen her mother and other female members doing household chores and never got a chance to talk about her future with her family

But her true personality came to the fore when the Government Middle School in Check Ganastan in Sumbal block of Baramulla district held the elections for the students’ parliament for the first time in July 2018.

She entered into the fray for the post of prime minister in her school’s children’s parliament in July 2018.

“I don’t want to be like my mother. I like coming to school and want to pursue my studies further,” Asmat said

Asmat, who is a bright student, feels indebted toward the school and teachers for giving her the opportunity to prove her true potential.

This concept of Children’s Parliament was introduced by teachers Nazir Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Yusuf in their school after they attended the ZIIEI orientation workshop for teachers wherein they were briefed about 11 small, yet effective innovations created by different teachers.

He said that this type of zero investment methods is the need of the hour where teachers can simplify the whole teaching and learning process.

“ZIIEI is a very good platform to showcase teachers’ creativity and acknowledge their contribution in the education system,”Mohammad said

“The concept of Children’s Parliament focuses on overall development of children wherein they not only” improve their learning outcomes in the class but also develop a sense of responsibility and harmony toward their classmates, teachers and school,” he said.

Yusuf expressed hope that ZIIEI methods can bring the education back on track in the conflict-ridden valley where the unrest often leads to curfews resulting in the closure of schools sometimes for months at a stretch.

Yusuf is hopeful that they would soon be starting other innovations like learning through games, new age teaching techniques and art and craft for holistic development to enhance the quality of education in the school and make learning interesting and joyful.

“This new approach will help teachers to complete the class syllabus on time, with ease and bring good results,” Mohammad said

Till now, over 4,000 teachers from 10 districts of Kashmir have been oriented toward introducing these techniques in teaching to make learning more joyful and engaging. They are also encouraged to share their best practices in teaching so that they can be scaled up to schools across the country.

The districts include Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramula, Kulgam, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama, Kupwara, Bandipora and Shopian.