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50,000 teachers to learn from Bollywood

It?s the schoolteachers? turn to attend classes even if the lessons promise to be more than just dreary lectures.

education Updated: May 06, 2006 12:48 IST

It’s the schoolteachers’ turn to attend classes even if the lessons promise to be more than just dreary lectures. The Delhi government plans to hold special screenings of Bollywood blockbusters Munna Bhai MBBS and Rang De Basanti as a part of its teachers’ training programme to be held in the capital over the next three weeks.

The two flicks are part of the management skills module of the training programme. “Munna Bhai illustrates the need to introduce a humane touch to life. A teacher may be very efficient, but if he or she cannot empathise with the child, the teaching process is incomplete,” said an education department official.
Similarly, Rang De Basanti has been chosen as an inspirational model for bringing about change, ‘not necessarily through violence’. The movie screening is not the only unusual choice.

Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara, who has been fighting a protracted legal battle to get justice for her slain son will address the teachers at the inaugural ceremony of the programme on Saturday afternoon.

The largest exercise of its kind so far, the training programme is expected to be attended by over 50,000 teachers of government, MCD, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment Board and private aided schools.

These sessions will introduce them to concepts in life skills as categorised by WHO, nutrition, body image, body mapping, stress management, laughter therapy, yoga, adolescent and puberty issues, prevention of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.