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- JEPC to start activity-based learning in state cradles

Ranchi, Oct. 18: Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) has decided to implement activity-based learning (ABL) in all state primary and middle schools under the Right to Education programme.

The council has decided to start this exercise by taking help of education consultants, including national resource person Sudhir Shukla, for imparting activity-based training to teachers. The new teaching-learning method will be later passed on to students from Class I to VIII in state-run schools.

The “Trainer of Teachers” programme will start from October 26 to groom them for ABL in a phased manner.

The ABL will include group learning, self-learning and children’s participation, workbook for each child, freedom to child in learning as he or she chooses his activity, making a child expert in previous activity before moving him to the next, allowing children to move in the classroom as they will choose their activity, improvement of creative and communication skills.

Besides, special focus will also be given to cleanliness, parents’ interaction with teachers, feedback of village education committee among others. These will be conducted using block resource trainers.

“Our education system is based on midday meals because of which students are attending school. But as far as attendance, punctuality of teachers, quality of education, toilet and safe drinking water are concerned, we are far behind other states,” said Ashok Rai, a teacher of city middle school.

Rai said that the teachers needed to be more responsible and active. “If the government is planning to start activity-based learning for children, then the attendance would no doubt increase, as we do not have activity-based learning in our schools unlike in private schools,” he said.

“We have set a target to impart training to the teachers in 212 blocks in different phases,” JEPC pedagogue officer Baikund Pandey. He added that they were planning to cover 1.35 lakh teachers.

“In every block, we have decided to impart training to three persons who will act as block resource trainers for the project,” he added.

Besides, Pandey said that Jharkhand was the first state where activity-based teachers’ training was going to start. “After successful completion of the project, we are going to take feedback as to whether the students have benefited using ABL methodology for improvement,” he said.

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