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NDMC to extend “Room to Read” scheme to six schools

Manisha Jha

It is aimed at promoting language development


The programme has already been implemented in five Navyug schools

‘At present we only have software for teaching English and science’


NEW DELHI: After getting a good response from its unique scheme titled “Room to Read” for teaching of school curriculum through computer technology last year, the New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to extend the scheme to six more Navyug schools.

They include the Navyug schools at Laxmi Bai Nagar, Darbhanga House and Pataudi House.

Collaboration

Started in collaboration with non-profit organisation “Room to Read” in February 2007, the scheme is aimed at promoting language development among primary school children as well as spreading the use of technology in school classrooms.

The programme has already been implemented in five Navyug schools including those in Jorbagh, Motibagh and Peshwa Road.

As part of this programme designed for children studying in Class III, IV and V, students are first taught computer handling and then imparted lessons via compact discs using multimedia technology.

This is preceded by a teachers training programme on how to handle and use the software.

Navyug School (Peshwa Road) Principal Rajbala said: “After teaching the children about computer handling, they are taught lessons on CDs in the form of a story and then asked to answer questions based on that story. To answer, children either have to type their own words or choose from the given options, thereby helping them develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills.”

“Though at present we only have software for teaching English and science, we plan to extend the facility for teaching subjects like mathematics as well. We also plan to extend the entire scheme to more Navyug and NDMC schools in a phased manner,” she added.

While the NGO is partnering to provide all the equipment including the computers, trainers and assistants, the civic body is providing supporting infrastructure and facilities as part of the programme.

Class room activity

“The idea is to make daily class room activity interesting for children and improve the quality of education. We are very happy to see the good response. Children are lapping it up as many of them do not have computers at home and find computer aided learning very interesting,” added Rajbala.

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