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Education is not just about books

School students now have a reason to rejoice, with the screening of Chakachak an environmental film by Sai Paranjpe.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 11:47 IST
Shrutika Verma
Shrutika Verma

School students now have a reason to rejoice. With the screening of Chakachak an environmental film by Sai Paranjpe, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) proved that education is not just about textbooks. An effort is being made to make the process of education less monotonous and boring.

“Students learn better through audio and visual aids and this movie offers a strong message through entertainment,” said a government schoolteacher who attended the event on Thursday. Chakachak which literally means “squeaky-clean” comes up with a social issue, which undoubtedly requires a lot of attention.

The movie passes a message of awakening to the environment, through catchy songs, animations and taunting dialogues. With filthy grounds, crowded roads, noisy neighbourhoods, polluted water, smoky skies and ever rising heaps of garbage highlighted in the movie one cringes in their seat with shame, realising, ‘what we have down to our environment’.

In the coming days, Sai Paranjpe plans to introduce this movie not only in schools and colleges, but she is also looking for an opportunity to screen it in theatres for the general public. The movie has already performed well in Pune and Ahmedabad.

“Thousands of children were keen to start with a cleanliness programme in every locality after watching this movie. Over 3000 tolis have already started working on it,” says Sai Paranjpye proudly. So, when the adults are in a slumber of ignorance today, we now can look unto the little kids joining hands for a social cause.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 11:42 IST