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The Hindu NIE programme launched in Udupi

Staff Correspondent

It was launched at Indralli English Medium High School; five schools have registered



MAKING A POINT: A student speaking at the launch of The Hindu NIE programme in Udupi on Saturday.

UDUPI: The Hindu Newspaper In Education (NIE) programme was launched at Indralli English Medium High School here on Saturday.

The programme began with programme coordinator Sumana Aarons explaining the importance of newspapers in assisting students with their studies. Students responded to questions posed by Ms. Aarons with enthusiasm. The students were asked why they thought reading the newspaper is important. The unanimous view that emerged was that it helps them gain knowledge. Students were told how reading the newspaper helps them gain a competitive edge.

The responses of the students to questions posed to them were frank and forthcoming. At the end of the session for the 10th standard, a student of the same class, Pranita Bhat, said: "I found the session enriching and it helped me gain a lot of knowledge."

Students of the 9th standard said that besides knowledge, they read the newspaper to know more about sports. They said they find model question papers, quiz questions and crosswords in newspapers enriching. Students and the coordinator discussed various aspects of a newspaper in general and The Hindu in particular.

Ms. Aarons told the students that the newspaper is the most up-to-date, inexpensive textbook available. Newspapers help students improve their vocabulary and language skills, she said.

Five schools in Udupi have registered for the NIE programme.

The objectives of the NIE programme include assisting schools in strengthening instruction through newspapers and helping students improve their knowledge in a variety of subjects. It is also aimed at promoting reading among schoolchildren. The modules of the programme have been structured with the basic objective of honing the inherent skills in children.

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