In order to maintain student interest in the school and ensure attendance, a government-run primary school in a village in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra has developed creative strategies.
There are only 50 students and two teachers enrolled in the zilla parishad-run primary school in the Babuwadi-Chartha village. Nearly 45 kilometres separate the village’s location on a hill from the district office.
The school, which serves students up to Class 5, has adopted a number of unique initiatives over the years to inculcate social responsibility in children, ensure that they take care of the school’s surroundings, and encourage them to do well in their studies.
Children have grown to appreciate the school due of its initiatives, whether it is helping their teachers clean the school every morning, planting saplings, or enjoying “no bag” days.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted students’ study habits, according to the school’s headmaster Sudhir Tupe, who was speaking about the most recent “smile badge” initiative. To encourage children to complete their homework, the smile badge was launched.
He added that a committee of students has been formed to examine the homework each day. Children who complete their homework win the badge and wear it during class.
Every day at 9.30 am, school starts. To help teachers clean the premises, however, children arrive a half-hour early, according to Tupe, who spoke to PTI.
‘No bag’ days have been observed for the past four to five years in an effort to keep students interested in attending class.
“On no-bag days, we do some gardening, yoga and other fun activities. This has helped improve attendance and children love to come to school because of it,” he said.
According to Tupe, the school has also started a plantation programme to keep the area around the school green.
Since 2013, we have planted over 60 saplings on the school grounds. Every day, students water the trees on their walk home after saving some water in their water bottles, according to Tupe.
On the academic front, he said that 15 students have received scholarships since 2017, and three students from the school have been admitted to Navodaya Vidyalayas.
The school’s initiatives, according to Zilla Parishad education officer Jayashree Chavan, were distinctive, and some of them were adopted by other schools in the district.