Be! Schools launches in 70 schools in Bihar with stories that teach skills to 30,000 children
School is back in session and Be! Schools has launched in Bihar to teach children in Grade 9 entrepreneurial skills! We are starting with 70 schools in Patna, and expanding to 1,000 schools in the state this year. Leading up to the launch, the Going to School team trained eight Master Trainers to conduct teacher training sessions. In late July, we conducted a 5-day training with 170 government school teachers to help them teach Be! Books and conduct entrepreneurial skills projects in their classrooms. Eventually we will train 2,000 teachers across Bihar.
Teachers told us over and over that they’d never been to a training like this, and they were excited to teach these books and skills to their classes.
Kamini Singh, teacher at BMP Higher Secondary School in Patna, told us “So far we had not been trained to teach children in ways that would interest them. Even the most absent minded children love stories and enjoy games. That’s why children will never find these books and activities tiresome.”
“I like the new approach of group discussion and questioning method where different opinions can be expressed.” Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary from Patna High School, Gardanibagh said.
“Like children, adults also love colours. The stories attracted everyone and I found the colours exciting.” Sangeeta Sinha, P N Anglo Sanskrit Senior Secondary School, Naya Tola, Patna
After the training, several teachers called our offices to urge us to send books quickly. Our Master Trainers personally delivered books to 70 schools—with a total enrollment of over 30,000 students in Grade 9. Some schools have over 1200 students in Grade 9! Traveling through monsoon rains, the Master Trainers were welcomed by principals and teachers with steaming cups of ginger tea.
Master Trainers will continue visiting each school in the upcoming week to further guide teachers and collect completed skills projects that allow children to practice skills in their real lives.