Simple innovations help students learn better
Neatly dressed in white shirts and maroon sweaters, students gather in queues for the morning assembly in a government school in Jharkhand. They listen with apt attention as the girl in front of them reads out the news updates and announces the schedule for the day.
In one of the classes, children are learning maths through ludo, in another class, they are trying to memorise Hindi words with the help of snake and ladder game and some are trying to understand complex lessons with the help of comic strips.
This is a usual sight in the Upgraded Middle School in Khelari block of Ranchi district in Jharkhand. With limited resources and their sheer dedication and commitment, teachers in this school have been able to scale up the quality of education by adopting these simple, yet affective innovative methods that require no monetary investment.
“We wanted to make this school a heaven for students where they can learn without any stress and enhance their creative skills,” Ranthu said
Sahu said that even though they were applying some of the innovations earlier, training by Sri Aurobindo Society about its Zero Investment Innovations for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI) provided the teachers a direction and ways to systematically apply new methods to make education interesting and relevant.
The school has been successfully implementing ZIIEI innovations, including children’s parliament, learning through games, new age teaching techniques, concept mapping, children’s newspaper and holistic development through art and craft.
“With effective implementation of these methods, we are witnessing 100 per cent retention of students. Apart from getting better learning outcomes, these innovative methods have helped develop leadership skills and confidence among students,” he added.