Aug 25, 2020

Support a Rural School in the Himalayas - Updates

Namaste,

Attached is a brief report on our activities of our rural school during the period January to June 2020. There were many interesting things that happened at ABS during this period. However, towards the end of this academic year 2019-20, with the COVID-19 pandemic, our activities needed a fresh way of looking at things.This period has been a time for reflection, building our capacities and being hopeful of things to come for our children and their education.

We thank each one of you for your support and contribution, without whom we would not have been able to achieve whatever we have today.

Best,

Team Aarohi


Attachments:
Jul 1, 2020

Updates on the School Farm Project

From Seed Bombs to Seedlings!

As a result of an eco-fun activity of seed bombing conducted prior to monsoons last year, some of the seeds underwent germination successfully. Various native seeds of kumaon were used in making seed bombs. Some of them were- Chamlai, Bhatoola, Sakina, Ghadi, Kilmaadu, Kathua aadu, Chuaru, Padam, Hisaloo and Kachnaar (these are local tree species). This activity also aimed at growing more native trees near the school premises to protect the pine forests from forest fires. During, the upcoming monsoons, efforts will be made to nurture these young plants into sturdy trees for the future.

Contextualized content for rural mountain children

As an attempt to make education more meaningful and experiential for the rural mountain kids, Aarohi, with the support of donations through GlobalGiving’s School Farm project and Duleep Matthai Conservation Trust initiated development of contextualised learning material using natural resource management methodology. The content designed for the upper primary section aims at achieving the learning goals defined by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, GoI. These learning goals are the same for schools in both rural and urban areas. Keeping these goals as base, our content provides a context to learning making it more relevant and relatable to the immediate environment.

Through contextualisation of education with farming and ecology, we think parents from the local rural communities will be able to contribute to their child’s learning and the concepts taught under various disciplines will become more relatable to a child, bringing them closer to their local environment. Content has been designed to include the Himalayas, local biodiversity, folk stories, beliefs, traditions, cultures of Kumaon, history and geographical importance of this region, and traditional farming practices.


Attachments:
Mar 3, 2020

Ask a question!

At the very initial stage of project ‘Contextualising Education with Farming and Ecology’, an activity was conducted with Upper Primary students wherein with the help of Inquiry-based approach, students were encouraged to think and ask questions on certain themes from their immediate environment. This list of questions was compiled and shared with team members. Some of the outcomes of the activity were developing thinking skills, framing of questions from their surroundings and understanding of a concept. Most importantly we got to know exactly what kids wanted to know or learn. The approach is an active form of learning where a learner can identify a gap, or a problem by himself and pose an inquiry around a theme.

An assortment of questions asked by the students asked are given as follows:

 

  1. why do we feel warm in light?
  2. The moon also produces light without any human efforts why can't we use that light?
  3. how are we able to see when light is on?
  4. why can't we catch hold of light?
  5. who made Jungle?
  6. who coined the term jungle?
  7. how do plants grow on their own in a Jungle?
  8. why don't stars sparkle on earth?
  9. why are stars so far?
  10. why do we feel hungry?
  11. why do people have a favourite food item?
  12. why is sky blue?
  13. why don't we live in the sky?
  14. who named different seasons?
  15. why do we see different birds in different seasons?
  16. how is a mountain made?
  17. where does water come from?
  18. what is soil made of?
  19. why are there stones in soil?
  20. why doesn’t plastic decay?
  21. how are you able to smell with your nose?
  22. why do we have two holes in our nose?
  23. why do we have two eyes?
  24. why is our tongue of pink colour only?
  25. why can we not see air?

 These questions and more are one of the many aspects that will form the base of our content development exercise in our ‘School Farm Project’.

 
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