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Annual Report 2010 - 11

Annual Report
2010 - 11

BNKVS makes effort to explore innovative techniques for social mobility, whether it is cultural device to provide Joyful Learning to rural children (like Theatre, Dance & Music) or by organizing seminars, festivals and exhibitions to get a combined intellectual view. The proper Science Education is very important at the school level. The scenario is not up to the mark in rural part of Western Rajasthan. BNKVS worked with Agastya International Foundation, Banglore to provide Hands-on Science Education to rural children of Barmer district of Rajasthan. We focused Science Education through our Science on Wheels Program during the session 2010-2011. The detailed report is as follows-

Science on Wheels Program




At
Barmer (Rajasthan)
A Hands-on science education Project by Agastya International Foundation, Banglore
Project Implementing Partner- BNKVS GROUP OF THEATRE SOCIETY, JODHPUR
(RAJASTHAN)
Program Supported by- Cairn India
Introduction :-
Agastya International Foundation, Banglore has been working for a long time to provide Hands-on science education to rural children, to sensitize teachers for an innovative and interactive teaching skill and to generate scientific thinking in community. The very project is planned to execute in rural area of Barmer District (Rajasthan) by the support of Cairn India. BNKVS GROUP OF THEATRE SOCIETY, JODHPUR (RAJASTHAN) joined Agastya as a local implementing partner. A van which is fully equipped by models of different branches of science along with two trained instructors, visits identified schools/ villages to provide science education. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Mr. Ashok Gahlot started the van by showing green flag in an opening ceremony of the project at Jaipur on 6th December 2010. The program started at Barmer by 8th December 2010.

Target Schools :-
There were 60 schools identified for the project initially. 5 more schools were added after two months. Hence the project is being implemented in 65 schools.
Main Components of the project :-
  • School Demo
  • Community Visit
  • Teachersí Training
  • Science Fair

Description :-
  • School Demo : The Science Van visits schools, where scientific concepts are elaborated by instructors. School children actively participate in the process. The sole objective of the School Demo is to encourage students to learn the concept by doing some activity with models. Students describe the models/process after getting knowledge of it, in front of whole class/school by the help of teachers and instructors. It gives a sort of confidence in performing students where other get inspiration by this. So, this Learning by Doing becomes a factor of positive change in students towards science education.
     




  • Community Visit : There are so many misconceptions, superstitions and unawareness of health & hygiene common in rural areas. Science on Wheels program facilitates villagers the scientific way of thinking. The instructors go to a village and interact with community people on various topics and explain the science behind the fact. They create awareness for their health & hygiene related issues in a simple way.

    (Instructors are explaining about health related issues to villagers through PPt.)


    (Community Visit on International Womenís day)

  • Teachersí Training : It is important to sensitize teachers about this approach of science teaching to make program sustainable and more effective. A one-day teachersí training workshop is organized by Resource Persons of Agastya. Making of low cost models, using hands-on science teaching device were explained practically to participant teachers.

    (Teachers are learning preparation of the low cost models)

  • Science Fair : First of all we select a school for science fair and some young leaders (school children) to describe the models to other children. Instructors give training to young leaders regarding the models. In this fair we show at least 50 to 60 models. Then all students of different schools visit the fair and children learn science by discussion with young leaders. So, in this way it becomes Science-By Children- For Children.

Activities & Month wise statistics :-
December 2010 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 25 schools of Barmer district in December 2010. Students of 30 different schools visited the Science Exhibition during the winter-break. Thus 55 schools have covered by Science Mobile Van in December 2010. There were 13 to 16 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. 3 community visits were organized.

January 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 20 schools of Barmer district in January 2011. There were 13 to 16 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. 1 community visit was organized.

February 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 27 schools of Barmer district in February 2011. There were 13 to 18 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. Two days teachersí training was organized at Nehru yuva Kendra, Barmer in which 54 teachers participated from different schools. No community visit was organized.

March 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 28 schools of Barmer district in March 2011. There were 13 to 18 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. 2 community visits were organized.

April 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 9 schools of Barmer district in April 2011. There were 12 to 14 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors.

May 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 12 schools of Barmer district in May 2011. There were 13 to 16 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. No any community visits were organized. In the Summer Vacations from 16th May to 31st May 2011 a Model Making Workshop was organized for students of The Modern School Barmer

June 2011 :
The team of instructors visited 76 families of 5 different villages in the month of June and interacted with the all family members. The team educated them on various points of Health & Hygiene in an innovative way. We focused on following points- Status of school education of children, Balanced Diet, Importance of Hand-washing, Sun-stroke- Precautions & first aid, Health & Hygiene, Vaccination. We prepared some PPts and showed them to villagers. People liked it very much.

July 2011 :
The Science Mobile Van visited 42 schools of Barmer district in July 2011. There were 13 to 16 experiments / models of different branches of Science demonstrated by the instructors. One community visit was organized.

Students benefited in School Demo (up to 15th July 2011) :-
Visits No. of Schools Boys Girls Total Teachers
I Visit 69 8860 6067 14927 417
II Visit 46 3410 2446 5856 199
III Visit 26 1267 1013 2280 94
TOTAL 13537 9526 23063 710
Teachers participated in Teachersí Training Workshop: 54
Community People benefited in Community Visits (up to 15th July 2011):
Area No. of Visits Children Male Female Total
North 2 84 36 378 498
South 4 178 120 304 602
TOTAL 6 262 156 682 1100


Community People benefited in Family Visits (up to 15th July 2011):
No. of villages No. of families Children Male Female Total
5 76 380 137 171 688

Science Fair will be organized probably in last week of August or first week of September 2011.

Feedback from Students / Teachers / Community Members :-
Teachersí View : The concept of the program and the demonstration by Instructors is highly appreciated by all teachers of the schools where Mobile Van visited. Many teachers showed the need of Teachersí Training Program. Some of teachers requested to organizers to provide such working models to school. The continuous visits were required in schools by the teachers.
Studentsí View : Students showed the great enthusiasm and warm welcome. The students were astonished when the bookish topics of Science took shape of working models in front of them.
Community member's View : So many doubts of villagers were cleared in Community Visits. The reputed persons, public-representatives like Sarpanch, Gramsevak etc. witnessed the program. It will be helpful to develop science awareness as per their opinion.
So, it is all over report of activities organized in Science on Wheels Program at Barmer (Rajasthan) during the academic year 2010-2011.