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First and second standard to adopt the activity-based method in June
Nali Kali will be introduced in 33,000 more schools in 2009-10
The concept focuses on individual care and child-centric, activity-based curriculum
MYSORE: Several government primary and higher primary schools in the State will adopt the ‘Nali Kali’ way of teaching to make learning for children fun and meaningful. When the schools in the State reopen after summer vacation in June, children in the first and second standards will switch over to the activity-based learning method.
S. Selva Kumar, State project director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Karnataka, told The Hindu that the Nali Kali methodology was being expanded from the next academic year and added that the training of teachers under this had been completed.
“Materials for Nali Kali are being prepared. The work books and child portfolio books have been redesigned to develop more interest towards learning among the children,” he said.
He said the field staff of SSA, Karnataka, recently visited schools in Tamil Nadu where the activity-based learning, a project similar to “Nali Kali” had been launched, to familiarise themselves with the finer aspects of the project.
“We are fine-tuning Nali Kali methodology by incorporating new features to make it effective for retaining more number of children in schools and to implement the concept across the State. We plan to have more than two teachers for implementing the methodology,” Mr. Kumar said.
He said the concept will be introduced in 33,000 more schools in 2009-10.
The teacher designs the methodology on the basis of the competency of the children, and in this ensures cent per cent achievement of competency in children, according to the office of the SSA.
The concept, which focuses on individual care and child-centred and activity-based curriculum, had already been introduced in select schools in the State. The success of this methodology in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district made schools in other districts emulate it.
When Mysore district came under phase II of the District Primary Education Project (DPEP) in 1998, the government decided to replicate the H.D. Kote experiment in the whole of Mysore district.
As this methodology is more appropriate in multi-grade situations, the government introduced it in 10 “janashala” blocks, seven DPEP blocks in Mysore and eight SWASTHH PLUS (Sanitation and water at schools towards hygiene and health — putting the lessons learnt to use) blocks in Gulbarga and Yadgir.
The Nali Kali methodology of teaching is in force in about 13,691 schools in the Stateunder the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
According to SSA, Nali Kali effectively eliminates the formal system of roll calls, examinations, promotions and ranking — all these now deemed “unhealthy” between the age of five and 14.
A child who is absent from school for several days or weeks owing to seasonal agricultural work, illness or temporary migration can re-enter the learning continuum at the level where he/she left off without having to go through the distress of catching up on large chunks of