PUNE: Teachers of Nehru Vidyalaya, a Marathi medium school in Kolhapur, have succeeded in motivating their students of Std IV to write 20 story books.
"I wanted my students to broaden their imagination and enhance their thinking power through writing. They should not just mug up but learn things which will help them in the long run," said Sarika Patil, a primary school teacher.
She added that Nishika Kajawe, an expert in language skills, particularly Marathi, suggested they hold a workshop for students to build their vocabulary and language. This initiative would also encourage them to take up writing and reading as hobbies.
"We held a workshop for students from Std II to IV, in which they were taught the essence of writing and how it helps them develop a perspective. This training turned out to be fruitful when the students wrote 20 books on their own. I wanted this workshop to be full of fun and enjoyable for children. Thus, lively discussion was held wherein the kids were given a task to express their own thoughts about a particular word," said Sarika.
The children unanimously said they would like to donate the books to the library. Their parents were overwhelmed when they saw the books written by their kids. "I was happy about my son's success and am proud of him. This was something that I had not imagined," said Shivangi Desai, mother of Viraj Desai.