CBSE takes holis­tic route to teach­ing

In­tro­duces sev­eral ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, com­pe­ti­tions for students

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Eileen Singh CHANDI­GARH: To nur­ture students in a holis­tic man­ner, the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) has in­tro­duced sev­eral ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, which will help broaden their ar­eas of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Some of these ac­tiv­i­ties are: logo de­sign­ing com­pe­ti­tions for Rashtriya Mad­hyamik Shik­sha Ab­hiyan, in­ter­na­tional postage stamp de­sign con­tests, her­itage­based quizzes, art shows and pho­tog­ra­phy con­tests.

The board is also or­gan­is­ing sev­eral ex­change pro­grammes for students such as Ja­pan-East Asia Net­work of ex­change and other youth pro­grammes.

The board has also launched sev­eral cour­ses to sensitise students on var­i­ous top­ics like san­i­ta­tion, wastage of food and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

We have in­tro­duced a di­verse range of top­ics and com­pe­ti­tions be­cause we want all-round de­vel­op­ment of the

child. RJ KHAN­DERAO re­gional of­fi­cer, CBSE

“We have in­tro­duced these di­verse range of top­ics and com­pe­ti­tions be­cause we want all­round de­vel­op­ment of the child. Gone are the days when only book­worms were con­sid­ered to be the in­tel­li­gent ones, and those who were good in sports were dis­missed as wasters.”

“The sce­nario has changed to­tally now. A child needs to grow in ev­ery way and that is where we need to in­tro­duce the holis­tic ap­proach,” said RJ Khan­derao, re­gional of­fi­cer of the CBSE. Khan­derao em­pha­sised on in­tro­duc­ing com­pe­ti­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, which help the stu­dent learn to re­spect dif­fer­ent life forms.

“Such themes are best in­tro­duced and pro­moted through class­room in­ter­ac­tions and cocur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. These may in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties like bring­ing out news­let­ters, or­gan­is­ing slo­gan drives, land­scap­ing, ex­chang­ing and nur­tur­ing plants etc. The themes like en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion sensitise students to the is­sues that mat­ter. Hold­ing con­tests on such top­ics pro­motes orig­i­nal­ity among students, and pro­vides them plat­forms for cre­ative ex­pres­sion,” he said.

Not just the board, even par­ents are keen on see­ing their wards grow into a com­plete hu­man be­ing. Meenu Sharma, the mother of a Class 7 boy, said, “The board has in­tro­duced var­i­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level pro­grammes, which are bring­ing out the hith­erto hid­den tal­ents in my son. He has now taken up pho­tog­ra­phy. I see him click­ing some re­ally good pic­tures even with our nor­mal dig­i­tal cam­era.”

Priyanka Mehta, the mother of a Class 8 stu­dent, said, “I see my daugh­ter keenly wait­ing for SPIC MA­CAY per­for­mances. She is in­ter­ested in dance and drama as well.”

Priyan­shu Kapoor, a Class 10 stu­dent, said, “It is good that we are be­ing judged on a larger front, not just our stud­ies. We are be­ing made to do so much more and we are also get­ting a lot of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure. We are no longer pres­surised to con­cen­trate on one thing only. We now have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­cel in our ar­eas of in­ter­est.”

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