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'Pokemon' to help kids in Delhi govt schools

Education has transcended books to enter the media as TV characters are used to teach kids, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 21:18 IST

There is only one constant to learning in schools - innovation in teaching. It works wonders if adopted properly, said an analysis on innovations in teaching under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.

Pokemon, an animated character, helped students in Delhi government schools to grasp what they learnt till primary level, before graduating to the upper primary level.

"It helps students to understand the lessons as they can relate with Pokemon easily than with a character in a book," said Siksha Sangam, a compilation of the unique learning models.

The Delhi model has been indigenously prepared by State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT)and was initially introduced in 200 schools and is now being expanded to another 300 schools. A similar programme for classes till X is also being developed.

Computer would not have worked in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, but a school on a boat brought children from 170 deprived families to classrooms.

Bring the children to schools under National Child Labour Project had failed. "Providing schools close to their homes helped," the compilation said. These families are living on boats for decades.

The best methods are not restricted to conventional schools. Even minorities can gain if they are ready to modify madrassa system of learning as done in West Bengal.

Along with religious teaching, conventional books translated in Arabic are being taught, thereby helping the students to compete with others. Specialised training under SSA has been given to teachers for the new modules.

Girls in schools in Gujarat are being used as a tool to impart education to mothers. In Gujarat, class VII schools girls took the task of educating their mothers with the help of SSA volunteers.

In Haryana, a state with lowest sex ratio in the country, bicycles helped in retaining girls in schools. The state government has bicycles to 21,000 girls who have taken admission in upper primary level.

Hundreds of such examples are listed in the compilation, which can now be replicated in different parts of the country. “We want to study the new innovations in learning and see whether can be implemented in other parts of the country. There can also be an answer for a particular problem in a schools in Assam with an innovative method adopted in Kerala,” a senior ministry official said.

The official added that the study shows that learning cannot be limited to just classrooms. There have been successful projects on multi-lingual teaching, teaching about neighbourhood and reading material for vocations, which have improved students learning capabilities.

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First Published: Oct 25, 2006 19:48 IST