“Jignyasa”: A Unique Experiment to Improve the Quality of Public Education
Seva Bharathi (Telangana)
Indian Public Education: A Summary
The Indian public (government) school system is entirely supported by the respective state governments. The teachers are trained educators who are recruited after passing through various formal training programs. The schools are segregated, with different facilities for girls and boys. The schools follow a pre-set curriculum designed by educators of the respective state in which the school is located.
Unfortunately, the quality of education imparted at government schools has much room for improvement. Some of the issues impacting teaching at government schools include:
- Large student-teacher ratios
- Cramped class rooms
- Complete absence of science laboratories
- Inadequate libraries
- Over emphasis on textbook teaching and concepts
According to the govt. sources in India 13.3 Lakhs of schools are there and out of it 80% schools are govt. or semi govt. or small private schools. Given the large number of children enrolled in government schools, there is a negative impact on society at large due to the sub-standard primary and secondary education imparted to these children.
One of the main deficiencies in government run schools is the absence of any science laboratories on the premises. This deprives the children of any exposure to real-world scientific knowledge. Instead the children can only look at a static photo in a government textbook. This has the secondary negative impact of reducing the children’s interest in science.
“Jignyasa”: An Introduction
Seva Bharathi (http://www.sevabharathi.org) is a pan-India NGO with various activities in the fields of education, health awareness, disaster relief, and child welfare. Seva bharathi have launched “Jignyasa” on 13th November 2014 at Sri Saraswathi Sishu mandir School, Kushaiguda. which is focused on improving the quality of education imparted to children in government schools. “Jignyasa” exposes children to the practical aspect of education by organizing visits to schools by a mobile science laboratory.
Seva Bharathi started Jignyasa with an aim to give Secondary class students (6th - 10th class) a chance to learn science by performing experiments, thus giving them not only the pleasure of “learning by doing” but also rendering the subject enjoyable and easy to understand.
The Jignyasa will help the children in following things.
· Hands – on and Interactive.
· Children and students exposed to new ideas and methods.
· Link to school syllabus.
· Peer -to-peer instruction.
· Improve Critical and qualitative thinking
· Improve Experimental and data analysis skills.
· Develops reporting skills (Oral and written).
The mobile science laboratory team conducts a demonstration of scientific experiments, which through their visual impact, energizes and encourages the students to explore the scientific process further. The experiments are conducted by trained technicians who are able to demonstrate the specific experiment as well as explain the theoretical basis for the experiment. The experiments are conducted inside one of the classrooms in the schools on a pre-arranged schedule. Some of the experiments demonstrated include:
- Effects of magnetism on iron particles
- Reaction of Sodium metal with water
- Generation of hydrogen sulphide gas due to chemical reaction
Presently Seva Bharathi running one mobile science lab under “Jignyasa” project.
No. of Schools covering/month - 40
No. of visits/school/month - 1
Total no. of students benefited - 12,000
Seva Bharathi is determined to extend the scope of the “Jignyasa” program to cover more schools and more than one visit per school. To extend the scope of the program, they are planning for multiple teams, with one van each.
The team is travelling to each location in a van, with all the lab equipment and materials required for the experiments.
The above photos depict a typical lab session. This session was conducted at a Government girl’s high school in Kukatpally.
How can you help us:
Sponsor for one school one visit - Rs. 2,000/-
Sponsor for one month (40 Schools with one visit each) - Rs. 80,000/-
Sponsor one School for one year - Rs. 20,000/-
Sponsor one Jignyasa Unit for one year - Rs. 8,00,000/-
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