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These civic schools have digital learning, music

Dr Ambedkar Municipal School, a civic run school in Worli, is not far behind private city schools in terms of providing students with good education. The school has a tie-up with the non-profit group Muktangan, which has taken part of the school under its wing.

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2012 00:57 IST
Payoshaa Shah

Dr Ambedkar Municipal School, a civic run school in Worli, is not far behind private city schools in terms of providing students with good education. The school has a tie-up with the non-profit group Muktangan, which has taken part of the school under its wing.

Muktangan, which has been working with the school since 2003, provides innovative learning opportunities to 280 children from pre primary to class 10.

“Our teaching is child-centred and more informal than that of a civic school. We focus on holistic development and give importance to arts, craft, and music,” said Usha Laxman, director resources of Muktangan.

Though it is an English medium school, Muktangan teachers teach bilingually until the child grasps English conversation.

“The teacher gives personal attention to each child. Our drop-out rate is less than 1%,” said Laxman.

The school has a “work-time” when students are asked what they want to learn for the day followed by a “play time”.

Besides the mid-day meal, the students are also given one fruit everyday. Muktangan has been working with 8 civic schools catering to 2400 students in all.

Another non profit organisation, Life Trust, has partnered with 10 civic schools to provide services such as computer training, audio-visual learning and educational trips to Class 5 to Class 10 students, which are otherwise not available.

Sewri Wadala Municipal School, one of the schools run by Life Trust under the School Development Project launched in 2005, has 10 computers and digital classrooms with projectors.

“The children love this visual learning method. It helps them retain concepts and makes learning enjoyable,” said Poonam Lalwani, director of Life Trust.

“Life-coaches” use these screens to teach specially developed English, math and social science content.

There are yearly excursions to places such as Nehru Science Centre, Worli and Life Trust conducts free aptitude tests and career counselling sessions for Class 10 students.