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Samagra Siksha Abhiyan adopts Patitapaban’s Joyful Saturday

February 08, 2019

Concern regarding the academic burden of students and unsatisfactory quality of learning have been voiced repeatedly in our country. Patitapabhan, a Gandhi Fellow, observed that if children are provided with the opportunity to share their day to day knowledge and experiences of the world around them, the pace of their learning, their participation, and ownership in the process of learning gets enhanced.

The lack of space was a hindrance towards children sharing their creativity. A space needed to be developed that would enable children to find their voice, nurture their curiosity, share and integrate their experiences with what they learned in school.

Based on what they learned in their first year at Gandhi Fellowship, Patitapabhan and his teammates conceptualized the idea of ‘No Bag day’ every Saturday with an objective to create a space to help children channelise their energy towards expressing themselves in a joyful learning environment.

To make these Saturdays really joyful the Fellows sit with the Teachers and Headmasters to help them chalk out a plan that is loaded with colorful events, give a little bit of effort to ensure its execution and let the moments be captured to share the waves of joy.

No bag day was piloted in Alsisar, Jhunjhunu and Chirawa block respectively. A total of 5,220 children and 386 teachers from 46 schools (covering the area of 16 panchayats) and elementary education officials participated in this process. This generated a sum of INR 1.6 Lakhs for various schools for their infrastructure and amenities for a better environment for education.  Seeing the massive response from children and the community, the State Government adopted the idea under “Samagra Siksha Abhiyan” as Joyful Saturday for every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Patitapabhan and his team have been invited by SIERT Udaipur to be a part of the review committee of Joyful Saturday.

This initiative has given space to children to share their own thoughts and engage in expressing self. At the same time, it has challenged teachers to think innovatively and design plans in such a way that each child engages with the activities and learning process while enjoying and developing skills like creativity, communication, teamwork, values and utilization of resources.

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