This is a start to a possible change in the education system.
While the ceaseless debate about mark race and holistic teaching is a sure feature at any educational conference, a school has taken a new initiative to swipe the entire system of education into a student-centric learning.
At K.A.P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School, a Tamil-cum-English medium school here, the initiative took off under the banner of The Hindu’s Young World Club.
Since its inception in 2000, the club has been an active tool in pooling the talent of students.
Under this banner, the school recently conducted a camp for “alternative education” for high school and higher secondary school students.
For two days, the blackboard lessons had to make way for the screening of documentaries and movies. On the opening day, they were told more about “Learning through educational CDs”, a session handled by the correspondent of the school, C. Kesavaraj, and “Learning through The Hindu.”
A fun-filled evening followed those sessions. A quiz programme was organised by the students.
The day that followed had talks on “Learning through an English movie”, by S. Neethi Mohan of Velammal School, Chennai, and “Learning through Language Games” by the correspondent of Sivananda Balalaya, K.G. Meenakshi, and V. Ganapathy from SPARK.
Fun on camp
Talk about the camp and the students are all keyed up. “It was good fun. The activities, happening round the year, help us build confidence level and vocabulary,” says T. Dhanasekeran from Std. X. His classmates T. Mehaboob Ali and R. Muruganantham endorse with vigorous nods.
Meanwhile, their headmaster R. Rajendran charts out ambitious plans: “Students need to know the beauty of self-learning. Teachers must act as facilitators. That is what we are trying out here. Schools must do away with classroom teaching and guide the children to unleash their creativity. The educational system cannot be changed overnight. But someone must start somewhere, right?” he asks.
Is anyone listening?