Mumbai: The State government has adopted a new project to improve English skills of Tribal students. Non-verbal and contextual cues, music, audio and visuals will now be used in teaching of English.
The State Tribal Development Department has signed an MOU with Karadi Path, a Chennai-based organisation, which specialises in teaching English, for the same. "This initiative comes in the backdrop of increasing demand for English skills for better employment and access to higher education. Tribal students studying in 500 Ashram schools across the State should not be deprived of good English education and this move is expected to make them more confident and competent in today's world," said Sunil Patil, Deputy Secretary of Tribal Development Department.
"Many children and teachers struggle with English simply because of unscientific current practices in English teaching and their environment. This has led to high dropout rate in higher education and unemployment. Karadi Path has developed a comprehension approach for language learning," said Isharat Jahan from Karadi Path.
The programme will be implemented in 132 schools from Jawhar, Dahanu, Shahpur and Nadurbar regions. It's a 2-year long programme for students of standards two to nine. The pilot project in these four regions will be extended in other regions depending on the experience of the pilot project. The programme is expected to impact more than 50,000 students and 400 teachers.
Simultaneously, the government has also started a programme for science teaching in tribal schools. This programme will be implemented in association with Eklavya Foundation. An MOU was signed and exchanged between the TDD and Eklavya for joint collaboration for improving science learning and teaching in the State for a period of three years.
The programme will be implemented in 400 schools under the guidance scientists from institutions like IIT Mumbai, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR.