Gira Mukesh Malavia (50), a teacher at Gangaba School on Ashram Road, formerly run as Mohinaba Girls School from where CM Anandi Patel started her teaching career in 1967, is among seven teachers shortlisted to be awarded on Teacher’s Day by Eklavya Education Foundation.
A teacher of Environmental Studies (EVS) for the past decade, she has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellent Innovative Educator Award’ category for the 18th Eklavya Excellent Educator Award 2014 to be awarded to government and private school teachers.
“Teaching environmental studies to the children with the help of activities involving no books or theory has been challenging and at the same time very motivating. It helps me innovate and develop various interesting ways and media of teaching in which they can take interest and understand the importance of this subject which is otherwise being neglected,” said Gira.
The second teacher to be awarded in the same category is Darshankumar G Mehta (49), a Chemistry teacher at Swaminarayan Kanya Vidyalaya in Gomtipur. With a teaching experience of 25 years, he has developed various games for students of municipal schools to help those coming from an underprivileged background.
Of the seven teachers to be awarded at Ahmedabad Management Association on September 5, five are women. Ankita Patel, teacher at Shree Meghmani Parivar Umiya Higher Secondary School for Girls in Ghatlodiya and Nayana R Patel teaching at Laxman Gyanpith Primary School, Sanskardham have been shortlisted as the ‘Excellent Educator’. The lifetime achievement award is to be given to 80-year-old Urmilaben G Shah, a former co-ordinator at the Sharda Mandir School. Rajendrakumar K Mehta, teacher at Nava Vadaj School No 3 has been shortlisted for Excellent Sanskrit Educator Award. The ‘Institution Builder Award’ will be given to Janiben P Bhadarka of Shree GC Girls Higher Secondary School, Raipur.
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Teachers double up as students’ groomers in Vadodara school
At the Ranoli Prathamik Shala in Nandesari, teachers don’t just impart lessons from the prescribed books. They also play the role of physical groomers for students. In an initiative by principal Rajnish Rathod, teachers in the school conduct regular checks of the children’s physical appearance. Rathod has even sought formal training from a barber friend, while the teachers regularly groom them and stitch any ripped portions of the students’ uniforms.