International Children's Book Day : Letting the imagination run wild...
On April 2nd, FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) observed International Children's Book Day with a story reading and creative writing workshop for and by the children from the slums of Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Celebrated since 1967 in honour of Hans Christian Andersen on his birthday, this day is observed as an opportunity to inspire a love for reading and to call attention to children's books.
FXB India Suraksha a collaborative organization implementing the Governments' CHILDLINE programme, a 24 hour toll free telephone service for children in distress has endeavored to launch a new education pedagogy based on creativity and freedom of expression. Surrounded by lush green trees, the 35 children participating in the event from the slums located in Noida Sector 16, through an interactive story reading, story-telling and creative writing session for and by the children were capacitated to better express their thoughts and feelings. It was an afternoon, when the imagination ran wild. Children painted characters, props, wrote poems and stories based on the pieces recited by their peers and friends.
To achieve the envisioned impact of the FXBIS Education Strategy, that is educated, confident, productive and socially responsible children and youth, FXBIS is applying a multi-folded approach. With the objective to ensure quality education, promotion of competence-based teaching methods are encouraged in Suraksha Education Centers spread across India.
'..the greatest and the most important difficulty known to human learning seems to lie in that area which treats how to bring up children and how to educate them', these words of Michel de Montaigne, the celebrated French philosopher and educationist is at the crux of the development of FXB India Suraksha's education strategy to ensure quality education to our beneficiaries. “Education for all – Global Monitoring Report 2013-14”, of the United Nations concluded that in India inspite of the 95% success at the primary level there is a chasm in the question of quality. It highlighted that in India 90% of children aged eight could answer grade specific test items correctly. However, when 14 to 15-year olds were asked a two-stage word problem involving multiplication the percentage dropped to a lowly 33%. A perceptible decline in learning abilities among Indian children in the secondary levels.
With a key focus of all FXBIS programmes to ensure access to quality primary and secondary level education for every child within its intervention geography, FXB India Suraksha advocates inductive approach towards curriculum development and teaching methodology that goes beyond accumulation of facts and data.
As part of the yearlong project on innovative teaching, this methodology will be applied across FXBIS' intervention geographies. With an effort to rectify the disparities in quantitative- qualitative evaluation of the learning outcomes in India, the Suraksha Education Programme will strive to improve learning outcomes of children.