The principal of Bankathi Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya in Jharkhand’s Dumka has taken up a unique initiative to educate children — by wall-painting. Shyam Kishore Gandhi was the first to introduce Mohalla classes. He was then followed by others.
In an attempt to teach the students who have not yet started going to Anganwadi centres due to the lockdown, the Jharkhand principal has resorted to wall-painting. Gandhi has painted the walls with English and Hindi letters along with the picture of fruits, animals, vegetables. According to Gandhi, primary school students who have started forgetting the lessons taught to them at their schools around nine months back will also benefit from the paintings.
Several children have attained the eligibility for admission to ‘Angawari’ centres but ould not be admitted due to the pandemic. “It will help prepare the children for admission directly to primary schools without getting admission in ‘Angarwari’ Centres as they have already lost one year,” The New Indian Express quoted Gandhi as saying.
Gandhi says that the paintings will help improve and increase the memory power of primary students who will see these pictorial lessons while playing on the village streets. On the other hand, Gandhi’s initiative will also help primary school children to remember the lessons taught nine months back as and when they come across these wall paintings when they come out of their homes.
“Presently, the wall painting has been completed at more than 30 places of Kathi Para Tola in Bankathi for which I had to invest total of Rs 6000 from my own pocket just for the sake of future of my students,” said the Principal. After Sohrai festival, rest of the 8 tolas will also be covered with similar wall paintings,” said Gandhi, who has been lauded by locals for helping their children through this initiative. Locals have showered Gandhi with praises stating it has helped a lot in increasing the learning power of their children.