Students got to learn that a “hands on work” experience was the best.
Just lecturing is alone not enable students understand many aspects of day-to-day utility of science, but practical knowledge does help children go on to manage many things that they had experienced aided by the theoretical knowledge.
Students of Aravinda School at Kunchanapalli in Guntur district all this `gyan' coming from a British national Brian Jenkins, now settled in India for over two decades, was Greek and Latin, but very soon they found the “Hands on Work” experience unravel all the secrets.
An educationist trained under Jiddu Krishnamurthy at Krishnamurti Foundation Trust
Brockwood Park in England, he explained the alternative teaching methodology at his Sholai School near Kodaikanal and what interested students was – there were no examinations to get promoted to next class.
A solar-powered lamp on the school premises was not working and Mr. Jenkins inspired the science teachers to take help of their high school students to fix it without waiting for the technicians.
Inspiring the children to have greater interaction with students of all ages – those younger to them and older to continue the process of real learning in life instead of just studying for quarterly or year-end examinations. This would overcome their difficulties in growing up during their adolescence and peer group education was better to dispel some myths, opines Jenkins.
Showing some of the photographs of the Sholai School located on a 30-acre coffee plantation with natural swimming pool, self-sufficient alternative energy producing mechanism and gardening practices, he helped Aravinda students take up some measures to preserve environment.
School Principal Indrani explaining the importance of the three-day interactive programme, hoped their students would assimilate these thoughts.