The relationship of government schools with teaching the language English is a common narrative. Children in our partner schools find the language a source of discomfort and non-identification. In a dialogue with the Principal, he shares, “I would honestly say that we are not able to give necessary importance to students learning English. We, also, do not expect them to. But, now, we believe that our children have no limits and can learn anything they wish to.”
We find this as a good time to partner teachers and children to make the surroundings a TLM. Children can be seen having fun labelling the tree, doors, chairs and other things around them in both languages (English and Hindi). Most of the older children, being at a concrete operational stage of cognitive development, are more likely to grasp from concrete knowledge-building experiences from their immediate environment. Most children from class 3rd to 5th remember the names of things around them in English.
Popular posts from this blog
How often you have been asked to not embrace your youth-hood because you were inexperienced? “There is a fundamental thought about which I am thinking since the last few years. The ones who stop me to experiment and learn are not who knows what I need and what I feel. They assume all the things I need and I feel and do not even take a consensus from me to confirm at least.” How often have you felt even proximity of this feeling? As per the census of 2011, India has more than 50% population below the age of 25 years and more than 65% below the age of 35. It is expected that by this year-end the average age of India would be 29 years. They all have a dream and they want to embrace the youth-hood within them at least innately. But, what is happening to them? You know the answer quite well whether you agree or disagree with me. They are getting influenced by merely two-three ideologies which are prevalent in this country. They are systematically getting trapped into a narrow school of tho
What could be more beautiful than witnessing young girls from rural Madhya Pradesh following their dreams and hobbies! Sunita(changed name) is 15 years old and hails from a small village in Ratlam district of MP. Nikita (Our Mission Malwa fellow) met her during her fellowship work there. In one of the sharing circles, Sunita shared that she has an interest in singing. She used to create videos over some mobile applications and sing there. Nikita and some other friends helped her to create a future plan to work upon her dreams. She is preparing herself to sing at 'kirtans' & 'jagratas' which take place in villages as a means of devotion. Such girls inspire us to work more courageously upon what we are doing.
Some experiences work as triggers to spark the change we have always wanted to see. A similar incident happened with our cohort member of Aaina Dekho, Vinay. Vinay works at a corporate firm as a Marketing head. A corporate work culture like his with over 60 employees in the office often comes with innumerable facilities for the workforce to be at ease while working. Vinay, as he had his glass of water in the pantry, crushed the plastic disposable item and was about to throw it in the dustbin as when he noticed a pile of used glasses and reminded of the workshop of system thinking he participated in at Aaina Dekho 2.0. Vinay thought of doing something about it and chose to write to the head of the HR department regarding his concern of excessive use of one-time-use plastic. The executive soon responded with affirmation and notified him that all the branches of his office in Uttar Pradesh will get rid of this disposable plastic cutlery. Through his single ‘conscious’ action, Vi