Hailakandi: With the vision to ensure the learning outcome and make every child learn with fun, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli ceremonially launched Building as Learning Aid (BaLA) at Greham MV School here on Thursday. Launching BaLA, Deputy Commissioner Jalli said the concept behind it is to make every child learn with fun in a conducive environment in which he or she can relate to quickly.
Jalli said that a child gets easily attracted to the world of colours and pictures and creating this ambiance by making use of the school space aesthetically is the driving force behind Bala. The Deputy Commissioner said BaLA serves as an effective learning aid and is an innovative way of looking at a student’s relationship with the school.
Singing paeans on the teachers and principal for creating a beautiful environment for the children to learn with fun, DC, Jalli announced BaLA will be launched under the Happy School initiative in 100 schools covering high and elementary schools on a pilot basis.
Explaining the concept, Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha said, “Under BaLA, activity-based learning and teaching plays a vital role in building a conducive environment for joyful learning. BaLA focuses on using the existing school infrastructure as a part of the learning process and in making education indispensable to everyday life.” Jha said physical space can serve as a resource in the teaching-learning process is being explored seriously by the project.
“Children need many real experiences in language, art, science, maths, and geography. This can be done by innovatively treating the space and the building elements to make the existing school architecture more resourceful with higher educational value in a child-friendly manner,” said Program Leader, Piramal Foundation, Sadasiva Reddy, present in the function.
“Sans real, concrete experiences, children cannot learn. BaLA is a tool to promote learning, curiosity, care and concern, wonder and lifelong learning. It will help children to practice and revisit concepts. It also helps to learn to take place everywhere - in the classroom, the corridor, the verandas, the outdoors, etc. Its impact can be directly observed on Student Learning Outcome (SLO), teacher instructional practices and student enrolment,” added Reddy.
The Greham MV School buildings and the constituent elements such as floors, walls, and ceilings have been treated innovatively so as to help simplify the learning process.
Later, Deputy Commissioner Jalli planted a sapling and played traditional games much to the delight of the students.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education), RK Dam, DEEO, Iqbal Hussain Laskar, Assistant Commissioner, Sari L Lungtau, BEEO, Rajesh Chakrabarty and heads of several schools were present on the occasion.