Mumbai: Anganwadi school teachers working at various centres in Dharvari and Bandra slums of Mumbai will be imparted lessons in English by a novel technique conceptualised by Landmark International Institute for Empowerment (LIFE) Trust.
The trust is conducting a two-month pilot project in the slums of Dharavi for 25 Anganwadi teachers. Based on the success of the project, it plans to extend the same to 950 teachers during the year.
The trust together with its team of 2D Animators has created a unique ‘English DVD’ for this initiative and the teachers will be trained on ultra-modern portable DVD players.
These DVDs have been created with visuals and a voice over so as to make English learning interesting. The classroom sessions would be interactive with discussions, role-plays and quizzes to sustain the interest of the teachers and deliver quality learning, a trust release said.
Anganwadis are pre-school centres established by the Central Government to engage children up to six years in an integrated manner, to ensure the proper growth and development of children in rural, tribal and slum areas across India.
"Technology is revolutionising available education techniques and at LIFE Trust we are driven by the idea that this can be used to redefine the public school education system in the country," LIFE Trust Managing Trustee Poonam Lalvani said.
She further said that the initiative replaces the traditional blackboard with a modern, technologically advanced medium of education.
"We are confident that this will produce constructive results. For us, this project is a foundation of a dedicated effort to make every child in India school-ready, in a more fun-filled and modernised atmosphere," she added.
The trust will also conduct oral and written tests by the end of the course so as to acquire a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the project.
Besides, it will also record all the teaching sessions over the 30-day period which will help enhance the module.
The Trust currently monitors 475 Anganwadis in Bandra and Dharavi slums, which cater to 9500 students and 950 teachers.
"Our endeavour is to equip the Anganwadi teachers with the necessary skills to develop interesting teaching aids for their students, and create a level playing field for pre-primary students from private and public education institutions," she stressed.
Lalvani also said she was hopeful that with support from like-minded people and corporate, the project has the ability to reach over 5,000 Anganwadi teachers in Mumbai.