Walls turn books at gov­ern­ment school

Walls of Sec­tor 46 school have rhymes, maps, tales painted on them to make learn­ing in­ter­est­ing

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - EDUCATION - Eileen Singh eileen.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ CHANDI­GARH: Gov­ern­ment Mid­dle School, Sec­tor 46, has been in the lime­light for in­tro­duc­ing herbal and kitchen gar­dens along with a traf­fic park on cam­pus, but what makes the school to stand out are its eye-catch­ing walls.

Prin­ci­pal Ram Singh Sandhu to en­sure that no space is left va­cant on the walls of the build­ing have rhymes, maps, tales, list of Pres­i­dents and Prime Min­is­ters of In­dia painted on them. Al­pha­bets and num­bers are also painted on fences. All this is be­ing done to en­sure the school looks beau­ti­ful enough to at­tract the stu­dents who are un­der­priv­i­leged.

"The un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents do not find the schools at­trac­tive or they are just not in­ter­ested in stud­ies, or are forced to do var­i­ous chores. The idea be­hind the ini­tia­tive is firstly, to sus­tain the chil­dren in school and not let them wan­der and se­condly, those who are study­ing will pass the word to their friends about the school apart from the mid-day meal fact," said Sandhu. He said, "Teach­ers and I have tried to make learn­ing in­ter­est­ing for stu­dents We have got the walls painted to in­crease a sense of cu­rios­ity among stu­dents."

Stu­dents from Bu­rail and colony no 5 at­tend the mid­dle school in two shifts.

The build­ing, apart from the

■ traf­fic park and kitchen gar­dens, is what at­tracts the stu­dents. "The walls are colour­ful and they come alive with char­ac­ters from var­i­ous rhymes or po­ems and the chil­dren love study­ing and in­ter­act­ing in a fun way be­cause the school is a place where the stu­dents can feel free to in­ter­act and talk," said Usha, a teacher at the school. The school is in the last stages of com­plet­ing the de­sign­ing work as per the 'build­ing as learn­ing aid' (BALA) con­cept.

Gov­ern­ment Se­nior Sec­ondary School, Raipur Khurd, was the first school to have in­tro­duced BALA as a learn­ing tool. Other schools have taken in­spi­ra­tion from the school and are work­ing to­wards mak­ing the school build­ings at­trac­tive for stu­dents.

Raja, a stu­dent, said, "The walls are in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive. Now I know who our Prime Min­is­ter is."

GUR­PREET SINGH/HT

Stu­dents along with their teacher at Gov­ern­ment Mid­dle School, Sec­tor 46, in Chandi­garh on Mon­day.

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