Children in India’s villages go to school mostly for the mid-day meal, but students of Government Primary Girls’ School (it’s a co-education school) in Dobh village of Haryana’s Rohtak district need no such motivation.
One of the teachers, Pooja Singh, has introduced an audiovisual teaching model, which has caught their fancy. Singh has made learning fun for her Class III students by showing them educational YouTube videos on her smartphone. She has done some desi ‘jugaad’ (improvisation) by using a magnifying glass to show the multimedia clips to the class of 15.
Her class has had no dropouts in the last two years, the children’s behaviour and grooming and hygiene levels have improved, and they can’t get enough of her classes!
Her class has had no dropouts in the last two years, the children’s behaviour and grooming and hygiene levels have improved, and they can’t get enough of her classes
In fact, Priya’s innovative teaching method has been noticed by the district education officer of Rohtak, who has asked other government school principals to adopt similar techniques in their respective schools in the district.
Meanwhile, EDUSAT, the Haryana government’s ambitious project to broadcast educational content in government schools through satellite, is a non-starter. Apparently, the TV which is connected to a satellite dish installed on the school’s roof has been gathering dust in a room behind lock and key for over a year.
Photographs: Manoj Dhaka
Updated at 11.05am on June 9, 2017: The photographs have been taken by Manoj Dhaka. They were erroneously credited to 101Reporters Photos.
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Sat Singh (Twitter: @satsingh15) is a Rohtak based independent journalist and a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters.