Creating happy learners

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BANSARI TRIVEDI J
Published Jun 12, 2018, 12:35 am IST
Updated Jun 12, 2018, 12:35 am IST
Kaarmic’s Happy Schooling Project aims to reform and revolutionise teaching and learning at government institutions.
Students with their questions written for Google Box.
 Students with their questions written for Google Box.

One of the most important aspects of teaching is making content engaging for students. This not only unleashes their learning abilities but also their creativity and their thirst for knowledge. Doing just that, Kaarmic has launched a state-wide initiative called the Happy Schooling Project.

This project is aimed at reforming government schools and colleges in order to make them more proficient at delivering knowledge to students from backward communities. Over 100 trainers have been recruited from Tier 1 institutions such as the IITs, the NITs, JNU, and LSR to drive the project. It has been launched in 16 rural schools and colleges so far.

 

Teachers often find it difficult to overcome the loss and kick-start a new academic year post summer vacation, and Kaarmic is assisting them in this. The organisation aims at accelerating students’ learning in the first few days of an academic year through the use of self-learning tools. Trainers visit schools and stay there for 15 days to six months, during which they interact with students and teachers. The Happy Schooling Project is the brain-child of Prashanth Ramagiri, Anishay Raj and Adithya Sanjay — the co-founders and directors of Kaarmic. They say that students’ attendance has improved in the schools visited by their trainers. “The self-learning tool actually makes students crave more knowledge about the topics they are learning,” says Prashanth.

One of the tools used by the trainers is Google Box, which allows students to ask questions about any topic and receive answers to them. “Since these schools lack internet facilities, we have created Google Box, a system where students can write down their questions and submit them. We print the answers to all their questions and put them up on the notice board. This has increased their knowledge,” Prashanth concludes.





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