A few months ago, mother of a child studying at Madarsa Rehmat-ul-Quraish came to the teacher with a complaint. She thought that her kid was being taught some kind of magic in school, by way of which the child was able to generate fire in the air.
The lady teacher, however, laid the fears of the mother at rest, explaining her that along with his classmates, the child had been taught to make basic gases like hydrogen and oxygen under a novel project of teaching and learning science by interesting demonstrative methods. Not on production of gases, the children were taught details of electric motor magnets and air pressure by this method.
The Madarsa Rehmat-ul-Quraish is one of the five Madarsas in the city where the NGO Samavesh has launched this project, with the aim of generating interest for science among the kids. Similar project has also been launched in about a dozen government schools of the city.
To explain the methods of teaching and learning adopted under the project and to find a way forward, the NGO organised a symposium-cum-exhibition at Sanskriti Bhavan on Saturday. Prominent citizens, academicians, parents and guardians of students and the teachers/directors of the Madarsas participated in the programme.
In the exhibition, the ways of teaching of science subjects was demonstrated, and parents/guardians of the Madarsa kids took a lot of interest in the exhibits and the demonstrations, Ajit Singh of Samavesh told HT.
Rashida of Arif Nagar said since the project was launched few months ago, her son had started taking extra interest in studies. Teacher of Madarsa Fatmatuzzehra, Sabha Fatima said the new learning method was making it easier for kids to grasp the fundamentals of science. Director of Mifta-ul-uloom, Akhtar Kasimi emphasised that the fun way of teaching science doesn't burden the children unnecessarily and thus they take interest in learning.
Academicians like Zamiruddin, Ramesh Dave, president of Masajid Committee Rashid Khan, former joint director of National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT) Syed Zargham Haider, child psychologist KF Kazmi, former secretary of State Minorities' Commission Omar Farooq Khattani, editor of School Today Shahid-ul-Husaini, Saghir Baidar of Muslim Education and Career Promotion Society and others participated in the discussions.