Thursday, August 18, 2011

Refresher Training for the Primary Teachers of SVVPS, Durgapur-11-16th July,2011

Training on Peer visit and analysis

Training on Art & Crafts
In December, 2010 Deep Ranjini Rai, one of the representatives from VIBHA (our funder) came to meet with us and she visited some of our schools. In our meeting, there was an issue on training of the partner organizations. We had completed the all three Phases (Phase-I&II&III) trainings to the staff of the Durgapur Swami Vivekananda Vani Procher Samity (DSVVPS). Now, it had found that some of the teachers of DSVVPS showing excellent innovative performances in their schools. VIBHA and DSVVPS were now thinking to use them as trainers. So it was decided to give them Refresher training cum TOT. The objectives of this training were as follows:  Although they had received all trainings in three phases but a revision was necessary. We had also made some changes in our training syllabus – the new pedagogy's/methodologies would be taught.
 We had found some gaps, misconceptions and ideas during implementation etc. This refresher would help them come out these situations. After the training they would be able to justify – learning ladder, designing curriculum, efficient class room management, new TLM making etc
 Some of them would be able to work as trainers. They would gain the necessary confidence as a trainer.
 Final evaluation and impact study.
On 11th July, 2011, our trainers, Prosanto Mondal, Gopal Mondal, Julkalam Ali and Biswanath Roy went for six days refresher training. After meeting the ten (10) trainee teachers of SVVPS we had found the follow changes in their schools.

School visit

• Lined up during the prayer time
• If Somebody failed to participate in the prayer, stand up outside school and wait to finish prayer and did the prayer from there
• All the students wear clean dresses, cut nails regularly
• They liked to work in a group
• Everybody knew the reason of absence of his friend
• Students expressed good social gestures (good morning, how are you ?etc.) to teachers and others
• Teacher told a story with children before starting a new lesson
• Explained topics with local realities
• Teachers did various puzzle works to avoid monotony
• Teachers used pictures, charts and work cards during their classes
• Teachers used lot of action rhymes and songs
Classroom Managements:
• Sitting arrangements- row basis, circle and half circle
• Answered one by one
• Used various control skills
• Changed of mood through action rhymes, songs, story and drawing
• Teachers developed their works with situation analysis
• Used child to child approach
• Used different TLMs for weak and advance children
• Open ended questions
• Used charts, pictures and drawing in the question
• Used unseen passage in the questions
• Project evaluation
Details of the six days trainings:
New items discussed with the trainees:
a. Stakeholders of Primary Education
b. Minimum Learning Level –Bengali, mathematics and Environmental Science (Subject and class wise),
c. Learning Ladder
d. Friendship programme.
e. Capacity and expectancy
f. Art & Craft -Photo binding, making toys from wastes, origami etc
g. Audio visual show with interactive discussion.
h. Peer review visit and analysis
i. Lesson Plan; time break ups in class period;
Beside these all the subjective topics of Phase-I,II and III were vividly discussed in these six days. Handheld science experiments.They were also given training on participatory evaluation and monitoring.
Hand held science experiments

Reported by,
Prosanto Mondal

Monday, August 8, 2011

Campaign against Plastic in schools:

Campaign agaist plastic -2004

Hand-made dustbin in public places
In 2004, we organized mass awareness campaigns against the use of poly-bags (thin plastic bags) in our project villages. Our KKB members(mostly adolescence boys and girls) organized rallies, posters, wall writings, leaflets on the evil effects of plastic and its long term impact on environment. There was an interactive discussion on ‘EFFECTS OF PLASTIC AND ITS ALTERNATIVES’ held at Kolsur High School. Students and teachers of some other High schools also participated in that programme. At the end of the programme all were agreed to reduce the plastic use in the daily life.

      We also observed that indiscriminate use of plastic also causing barriers in drainage systems; sometimes these were also taking life of the cattle who were consuming massive amount of plastic bags. We installed handmade dustbins in public places so that we can dump the used plastic bags in a confined place. From the year 2005-06, KKB staff started giving regular inputs in High schools and one of our main successes was to motivate students, teachers and school managements to introduce dustbins in the classrooms. Gradually dustbin-use became very popular and most of the schools started to purchase dustbin from their own funds. (at the initial days this was supported by Swanirvar).

Training to Govt Teachers

In 2009-10, we observed that in each month a huge quantity of garbage were being deposited in the dustbins. So we organized trainings on waste segregation and its reuse. Almost all the schools made compost pits and the bio-degradable waste were kept in these chambers to make manures but the problem was with the non-degradable waste (plastic). Our staff, Alamgir Alam found out solutions for plastic reuse. Mr. Alam a born-artist with innovative creativity, made splendid toys from the waste. He gave trainings to the school students on plastic re-use and making toys from these. In, 2010-11 he had given trainings in 20 High schools and also given hand held trainings to the 8 Govt. teachers from 8 High Schools. He had given trainings to the students of Basirhat College. He had also given such trainings to other NGOs of Birbhum, Howrah and Medinipore.
        At present, the students of these 20 High schools were making toys from the plastic and some of them also showing their innovative skills in making toys.
Toys made by the students
Innovative toys

Reported by:
Samir Biswas
KKB, Supervisor
Tel: 9732574947