Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Positive Initiatives by Swanirvar: Story of some innovative Govt Primary Schools

From 2004, Swanirvar started its regular intervention in Govt Primary schools. In the initial phase our main focus was to give extensive hand held trainings to the primary school teachers on joyful teaching, group works, TLM use, involving traditional knowledge in courses, teaching local History and Geography, continuous evaluation etc. Initially we selected a few schools for regular interventions and classified them into three categories based on our activities.
Use of TLMs in class
In 2005-06, we started work with Bhojpara Fatullapur Purba Para FP School. We gave part time classroom inputs and asked their teachers to be involved in our teacher’s training programme and workshops. In 2009-10, the situation changed when a new Headmaster, Rezaul Karim and a Para-teacher, Montaz Molla joined in that school. These teachers and local Shiksha Bandhu, Amal Mondal cooperated with us and did lot of changes in the school. There were different children committees with the specific roles like cleanliness, cultural activities, sports etc and the teachers actively participated in different subject trainings and workshops. They implemented these ideas that they learnt in the workshops and trainings.  Gradually the school became a centre for joy. Presently there were 74 children ( class-I to IV) and 5 teachers and  the rate of attendance was more than 80%.  
Creative learning

Innovative activities in this school:

  1. Group activities and lot of work cards were being used.
  2. Innovative and colourful assemble –Song, Rhymes, Bratachari, Recitation,
  3. Regular action rhyme classes
  4. Active children committees
  5. The teachers were participating in trainings, workshops etc
  6. Continuous evaluation – use of worksheet etc
  7. Innovative English Class room
  8. Regular sahitya sabha
  9. Regular parents meet


  1. School became a centre of joy and amusements
  2. Parents are happy – actively participating in meetings and workshops
  3. Active children committees –leadership and regards to democratic process
  4. Special attention for weak children
  5. Curriculum framework and monthly action plan
  6. Teachers were implementing many new ideas in the classes.
  7. Some children who were not so interested in studies but doing excel in co-curricular activities.

Colourful Assemble: managed by the children 

Colourful Assemble: Fun and cumilative actions

Colourful Assemble:  Amusements and GAmes 
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Documentation Team, Swanirvar 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Action Rhyme Workshop in Swanirvar with Primary teachers:

        In 2014-15, Swanirvar is giving inputs to 90 Govt Schools and some NGO schools. Our main programme is qualitative, need based, hand held teachers training and TLM workshop. We also are trying to make a strong teachers network with innovative teachers.
Reading, songs and rhymes are a very important for the development of your child.  They not only help with using and understanding words but give you child and interest in these areas. 
Song and rhyme teach us about language and help us to remember stories. Children love songs and rhymes with actions.   This encourages them to be involved in group activities.  In participating we not only learn the song but the actions too; both of which need skill and lots of concentration to put the two together at the some time. Reading, songs and rhymes can be used (especially with older children) as a form of relaxation. But most unfortunately, most of the Govt Primary Teachers have no such orientations. We are trying to organize numbers of workshop on these subjects.
       On 7th and 8th June, 2014 we organized a workshop on ‘Action Rhyme, storytelling and Recitation’ in our main campus at Andharmanik, Baduria. 14 Primary Teachers ( 3 from Tiyas School, Dimond Harbour, 2 teachers from Towards Future, Rajarhat,  2 Teachers from Saisab , Matia and 2 teachers from Prayas , Baduria and 4 others) joined in that workshop.  On 7th June, they had workshop on song, Recitation and proper use of breathing techniques, Pronunciation, Line breaks are a defining feature of poetry. Decide whether a break requires a pause and, if so, how long to pause, etc
Action rhymes by the teachers from Tiyas School
       On 8th June,14 they were given orientations of performing physical actions with rhymes and stories. They were also taught the importance of these actions in classrooms, like
  1. Helps your child learn to recognize words.
  2. Stimulates brain development.
  3. Makes learning fun and interactive.
  4. Encourages early language acquisition.
  5. Gives you an effective tool to stimulate your child.
  6. Teaches reading during the window of opportunity for learning language.
  7. Entertains your child with children, animals, sing-along songs, and poems, etc.

At the end of the day, they teachers performed singing, some action rhymes which they learned in the workshop.
Trainee teachers performed at the end of the workshop

Trainee teachers performed at the end of the workshop

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Friday, June 6, 2014


            Swanirvar is working for the overall quality improvement of 60 Shishu Shiksha Kendra (SSK) of Deganga Block. We are giving inputs since 2011-12. Till 2013 our major inputs were to give extensive hand held trainings and workshops with the teachers.  We had given training to them on – Bengali, English, Mathematics and EVS for class I-IV. We also did Teaching Learning Material (TLM) development workshops on the above subjects and workshops on Art and Crafts with the teachers. Moreover they also got our developed TLMs on Bengali, Math and English.
            From 2013-14 we also gave classroom inputs to the students. Presently, most of the schools were doing innovative and excellent activities with the children. 

Students of Class IV with their leaves
Reports of some innovative activities in SSKs given below.

Uttar Kaliani SSK:
 The teachers of this SSK got extensive trainings from us.  One of the teacher, Baby Palit got orientation on EVS from our staff. She started innovative activities in her school. She asked the 33 students of class-IV to collect the common and locally available leaves found to their home and surrounds. The students collected these and pasted in their exercise books.
After that she asked them to write a few lines on these trees from which they collected their leaves. Also asked them to write the importance of these trees/ fruits/vegetables/flowers etc and its use in their daily life. The students enjoyed the activity and they also collected the information for their elders. They made a complete register of plants available in their areas. These also help them to understand the utility of different plants.
            One of the students, Saniara Khatun who was mentally retarded actively participated in the entire leave collection process. She also made her register beautifully and also collected the information of the trees from her neighbors. When we visited that school she come out with her exercise book and explained to us how she made this.
            Inspired by this, the students of Class-III were also making these register and collecting information under the guidance of their class teacher.   
Class-III also making their register 

Saniara with her note book

Paschim Changdana SSK:
        One Retired British teacher, Margarate Flanagan innovated different techniques to teach English to the weak children while she worked in Swanirvar. Our staff got trainings from her and also spread these ideas to the SSK teachers.

Usha Paul, one of the teachers of  Paschim Changdana SSK started English class with the weak children. She was using locally available vegetables, fruits and materials to teach them. The students enjoyed the class  joyfully and they also doing very well in that subject. Presently, many of them could do basic communications with the visitor and shown their interest in English. According to them, they felt scared in English class but presently they were enjoying this session very much. 
English Class with vegetables

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

PRAGGALOY: Summer Youth Camp in Praggaloy: 26-28th May, 2014

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