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Noida teachers jazz up schools for Bandipore kids

May 25, 2012 10:31 AM IST India India
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Bandipore: Teachers in a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipore have generated a renewed interest in education among children. This has been possible because of the six teachers from Noida, who shared their experiences and ideas in a play school training in the village.

While six teachers from the Bandipore village enhanced their teaching skills by spending time with children at the Step by Step school in Noida last month, their counterparts from Noida are now returning the good deed by teaching kids at an Army-run school near the Line of Control in Bandipore. The Noida teachers are jazzing up Bandipore's classrooms with snazzy books, animal cut-outs and play-way teaching methods.

"Children anywhere in the world are the same,' says Step by Step school teacher Vineeta Sinha.

"We learnt new techniques of teaching at Delhi but here (Bandipore) we still use traditional methods. We follow the system of passive learning and theoretical learning. Teaching in Delhi is done more through activities involving the kids," said Bandipore teacher Shazada.

HUM - an Army initiative - exposes the Kashmiri teachers to the latest teaching methodologies. This makes way for a more involved and interactive learning with young minds. "Our teachers use standard blackboard practices which are outdated, that needs to change. This exposure will bring in new blood in the system," said Brigadier Anil Puri.

"We achieved this together. We observed lessons, we discussed with them why one lesson is better than the other and how to use resources effectively. Various activities that happen in Delhi, we have now set up those resources here and I can see they are using these resources well," said Step by Step teacher Shumita Mukherjee.

Enthused by the success achieved in the Bandipore village, the Army and Step by Step school hope to replicate the story in other areas of Jammu and Kashmir also.

shared their experiences and ideas in a play school training in the village.