Walls turn books at government school
Walls of Sector 46 school have rhymes, maps, tales painted on them to make learning interesting
■ 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."
Students along with their teacher at Government Middle School, Sector 46, in Chandigarh on Monday.