As a part of the project ‘ Contextualising Education with Farming and Ecology’, a polyhouse was constructed in school premises for conducting farm based learning activities. Keeping in mind that agriculture is the most important aspect of rural life, we use local agricultural practices and natural resources as a medium for contextualised learning.
During the national lockdown, the activities of the school's polyhouse could not be conducted with the learners due to school closures. However, preparation tasks like raising beds,tilling, composting, etc were undertaken by the team. 12 beds were raised in the farm which included leafy winter vegetables- mustard, spinach, fenugreek, radish, carrot, beet and herbs- sage, coriander, parsley, oregano, chives, rosemary, basil.
As soon as the school reopened for the senior learners, they were taken to the farm and were introduced to their new learning space. Children were very excited for the upcoming sessions in the farm. A ' Seed Bank' has also been prepared for the children and over 40 different types of seeds have been collected from the local villages.
Introduction to farm based learning
Dec 23, 2020
Digital Learning Initiative at Aarohi Bal Sansar
By Nidhi Vyas - Project Leader
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, education has been indirectly affected in many parts of the world, especially rural areas. Various online teaching trials and initiatives have been witnessed. Aarohi ‘s education team also conducted an e-learning intervention starting April 2020. Having run the project for six months, an online rapid assessment was conducted by the team to study the challenges caused by the epidemic, measures taken towards them and efficiency of the intervention, focusing on Himalayan learners from surrounding villages.
Here are some highlights from our study reflecting our e-learning initiative during the period Jul-Dec 2020.
Looking forward to your support and collaboration towards narrowing learning loss in the Himalayas.
As a part of the project ‘ Contextualising Education with Farming and Ecology’, a polyhouse was constructed in school premises for conducting farm based learning activities. Agriculture is the most important aspect of rural life. Using agricultural and natural resources as a medium for contextualising the curriculum could, therefore, provide an avenue through which children can have repeated experiences to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills.
In Spite of the national lockdown, the activities of the school's polyhouse have started off well. Frequent rainfall resulting in availability of water this season has resulted in fixing issues of water availability . Initial setup which includes soil work, raising beds,tilling, applying of compost, etc have been completed. Seedlings of brinjal, tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, pumpkin and bottle gourd have been planted. Monsoons are the upcoming season for rapid growth of certain plants, hence the farm activities are carried out by our team members until we involve students from our school.