“Children face difficulties with Science and Technology. But, when you make the children work with their hands, carry out practical activity, they begin to understand – these are fundamentals which are clarified. ”-Mamta ben Bhatt, CRC, Mandvi
“All activities of the Project Shiksha Sarthi are simple, easy and work very effectively despite the diversity. I have seen that, children also very happy and excited as the Shiksha Sarathi teams visits schools.”-Kasam Node, Principal, Salaya Group School
“All activities of Shiksha Sarthi can be very interesting, effective and useful for children in classroom. We are very happy to know about the programme activities,” culled out of feedback submitted by participants of a Zonal level Teacher’s training workshop, Mandvi Mundra.
Three different sets of people, working at different levels in the education sector, expressing their opinions from vastly different perspectives. But they have a common message to share: Let them (the students) learn while they are ‘doing’, and they will learn easily and well. Regular lessons combined with out-of-classroom activities produce the best results. And record the best performances, not only of the students but of their teachers as well.
The three groups have a few more things in common. All of them live and work in villages that lie within the project site of Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power Company, located in the Kutch region of Gujarat.
And finally, all of them are actively involved in the process of implementing Shiksha Sarthi. Shiksha Sarthi is a joint initiative between CGPL and Pratham Education Foundation, a front-runner in the field of education and focuses on increasing the learning achievements among the children Launched in June 2012, it now has a network of 83 schools in 50 villages accounting for about 10000 students. A firm proponent of ‘activity-based learning experience’ Shiksha Sarthi has several components, central one being a new learning technique that the group has adopted. Methodology of Combined Activities for Maximized Learning (CAMaL).
There are two parts of CAMaL. First is about managing classroom work and the second is planning activities so that children not only enjoy what they do but also absorb certain lessons from these activities. And get ready to move to the next level of learning.
This brings us to the latest development on the Shiksha Sarthi front. As the programme enters its fourth phase, the partners have decided not to expand any further, but to remain focused on territory already explored. Reason? To consolidate the work that has been done in the past; take the children who are now reading to the next level of learning.
‘’Our objective is to connect children to the changing world and to unlimited opportunities for learning. We want to create a learning environment in which children can learn independently, with their peers, in groups and by themselves with a spirit of inquiry. From teaching children, we are moving to facilitating their learning”, declares a staff member of Pratham.
Source: Project Shiksha Saarthi Annual Report 2014-15