Samagra Shiksha Kerala starts model preschool in Idukki

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The first international standard model preschool has been start by Samagra Shiksha Kerala in the hill town of Nedumkandam. The facility was inaugurated at Third Camp near Nedumkandam in Idukki two weeks ago and within a week, 90 students have been admitted to the school, the Times of India reported.

The preschool will admit children between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age and intends to encourage learning through interactive games and sessions. According to SSK state programme officer Amul Roy this is the first of schools proposed to be set up in 14 districts. The preschool has been setup with indoor and outdoor spaces including quiet spaces for thinking and wondering and more active spaces for sharing, laughing, building, climbing, digging and gardening, creating, dancing etc.

According to a report in the New Indian Express, the model schools were created with the thought that children learn best when they are actively learning and experimenting with their surroundings. “Preschools should encourage children to learn through interactive play lessons and provide them a variety of hands-on learning activities,” Amul Roy is reported to have stated.

Under the concept, a classroom is divided into various activity areas such as block area, dramatic play area, literary area, art area, sensory table area, manipulative or discovery area, indoor gross motor play area, music and movement area, computer area, outdoor area and nature or science area.

The report further highlighted the objectives and expected outcomes of the project as follows:

Objectives 

  • Provide development-oriented hands-on activities rather than paper-and-pencil worksheets to pre-primary children
  • Provide an opportunity to function as part of a group and give children a chance to practice social skills
  • Ensure development in all preschool development areas
  • Change the culture and dynamics of preschool classrooms in Kerala
  • Promote the development of social skills among peers and other adults

Expected outcome

  • Increased student engagement in the learning process
  • Hands-on learning in an organised way in activity areas with a different educational focus
  • Better opportunities for children with multiple learning styles, particularly visual and kinaesthetic learners

After the completion of the model schools in the 14 districts, Samagra Shiksha Kerala will provide assistance to 163 preschools across the state, the report states.

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