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The Hindu launches NIE programme in city

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Representatives of 35 schools participate in interactive session

MANGALORE: One of the most important aspects of the newspaper industry - imparting education, apart from informing and entertaining - was launched here by The Hindu on Wednesday.

The first interaction with heads of schools under the banner of "Newspaper in Education" (NIE) was organised by Prism Books Private Ltd. through Shobha and Raghu Rao, resource persons. During the session, Ms. Shobha outlined the various facets of "Newspaper in Education." She said it is an emerging concept where the newspaper is involved in the process of creating well-rounded individuals at the school level.

Ms. Shoba said the "Newspaper in Education" programme is aimed at improving the outlook of students towards academics and understanding of their scholastic environment in total. Language skills, right from spellings, communication and expression, body language of children, and how to facilitate children to use the newspaper as a textbook of current affairs, information and language usage. She said the newspaper is a living textbook that has the power to enable children to prepare themselves to acquire the competitive edge. Outlining the history of the NIE programme, Ms. Shobha said the first instance of NIE programme was mentioned in the Eastern Herald published in Portland Maine, U.S., in its issue of June 8, 1795 and during the 1930s and 1940s, the NIE programme came back. In the 1980s, the NIE programme became one of the important aspects of the newspaper industry. Experts such as Howard Gardner in his Theory of Multiple Intelligence had mentioned the importance of understanding the child intelligence in relation with academics.

Mr. Rao appealed to the heads of schools and teachers to inculcate the habit of reading newspapers in children. M.R. Sivakumar, Vice-President (Circulation) of The Hindu, spoke about the importance of the NIE programme.

The Senior Regional Manager of The Hindu, Mangalore, welcomed the gathering. Thirty-five schools were represented by their administrators, trustees, managers and principals.

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