The Hindu-Newspaper In Education Programme launched at city function
KOCHI: District Collector M. Beena on Thursday said that newspapers help students apply their knowledge earned through education in solving the problems of the common man by creating awareness about contemporary issues, thus making them sensitive to the problems faced by the people.
She was delivering the inaugural address at the State-wide launch of The Hindu-Newspaper In Education (NIE) Programme for 2009-10 held at the Gregorian Public School, Maradu, near here.
The Hindu-NIE classroom sessions were simultaneously launched at the Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vaduthala. More schools have enrolled for the programme this year compared to the previous years.
Pointing to the increasing popularity of the programme, schools from Alappuzha, Thrissur and Kottayam districts have also joined the initiative.
The Collector said it was only fitting that The Hindu, with a long tradition and culture of impartiality, professional commitment and dedication to society, has embarked on a programme like the NIE benefiting 12 lakh students by using the service of over 400 resource persons.
Delivering the presidential address, Joseph Mar Gregorious, the mentor of the Gregorian Public School, said the programme would help create an inquisitive method of learning. The Hindu-NIE Programme was launched in 2003 with a four-pronged objective plan – create increased awareness among children on a wide range of topics, sensitise them to contemporary issues, develop critical thinking skills to make informed choices and develop a strong reading habit.
Schools can choose from different modules split into seven heads under the programme, which is now in force in 114 cities across the country. P. Narayanan, Regional General Manager of The Hindu, Kochi; vice-principal of the Gregorian Public School, Fr. K.M. George; and headmistress Susan Xavier, were present.
Gayathry Menon, an eighth standard student, shared her experience of The Hindu-NIE Programme.
Principal Jayaprabha Pradeep welcomed the gathering and the head boy, Rohan Mathews, proposed a vote of thanks.