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Bearing the Torch

“I like to come to school because Ma'am shows us cartoons and we learn from it,” says Vedant Kande.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani |
August 25, 2011 1:18:00 am

The Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School,funded by PMC for underprivileged children,offers its students a world class learning experience

“I like to come to school because Ma’am shows us cartoons and we learn from it,” says Vedant Kande,a kindergarten student while Drishti Noniwal,from Std 7,says,”It is a bagless school; we only carry a file with our worksheets and our tiffins. No back-breaking bags for us!” The students of Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School are gradually getting used to their new mode of learning. They love the idea of having to watch their lesson on television and play quizzes on the chapter they would earlier have to mug up.

‘Why can’t the children that go to PMC schools have a wholesome education?’ was the thought behind the concept of the Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School that was inaugurated on August 21 at Sahakarnagar. Different from any other PMC institution,the school,which is affiliated to the CBSE Board,uses interactive media as the main teaching aid in all its classrooms. “We are in the 21st century and we use state of the art techniques to teach our syllabus from nursery to std 7,” says Elizabeth Philip,principal,adding,”We wanted to be the torch bearers of a revolution in the field of education. Even though the kids here aren’t from financially sound backgrounds,they catch up very quickly. We have customised modules to make learning fun for them.”

All the classrooms are equipped with a big monitor with white boards below. All the lessons are taught through an interactive audio-visual software which allows the teacher to select the subject,class,chapter and topic. The teacher is free to stop,pause,skip or jump back to the start of any topic at any point of time. Every chapter in the module comes with a set of quizzes which the students solve in their free time. The software is user friendly and very easy to learn.

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Teachers were given special training during the summer vacations for the use of these computers and modularised syllabus. “We had to attend a two-month workshop on the incorporation of this technology into our classrooms. All the teachers here are already computer literate so it was easy for us to grasp it quickly,” says Rebecca Magar,teacher of art subjects to standards 5-7. “Students understand the subject better as they pay more attention to audio-visual media. Videos and PPTs are shown for every topic and we also give our lectures and interact with the students. The modules stress on vocabulary,spelling and pronunciation,” she explains.

In kindergarten,students learn about different parts of the body while in Std 7,they are taught literature. Class tests are conducted online wherein each student answers question on a computer delegated to him or her but the students need to give a hard copy paper along with an online assignment for terminal exams.

Apart from the e-learning,the school has other many facilities for its students. Uniforms are washed and kept ready at the school and hair-cut sessions for boys are also arranged. The school is planning to get shoe polishing machines too. Spoken English classes and vocational classes are held for parents,who are also taught social etiquettes. “My vision is to make this school an academy. I invite NGOs to come and use this building for organising workshops and doing good for the society. Rajiv Gandhi went to Doon School,I want to create a Doon School here for these children,” says Abha Bagul,corporator for the area.

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