In a first,DU students to teach art,music in civic schools

Graduates who wish to make a difference to the city’s education system,will soon be able to work with the government to do so

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published:August 27, 2013 1:50 am

Graduates who wish to make a difference to the city’s education system,will soon be able to work with the government to do so. In a one-of-a-kind move by the South Municipal Corporation,students from 77 colleges of Delhi University will be able to teach kids from municipal schools in return for a stipend. The subjects that DU students will be allowed to teach include music,art and dance.

According to the plan,the corporation will engage student groups from the university for 2-4 hours on a weekly basis to impart training in creative pursuits like music,dance,art and craft,theatre and languages to its students. The students will in turn be able to earn a stipend in the range of Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 per month.

“There is a serious dearth of good teachers in municipal schools,and more so when it comes to creative activities like dance and drama. At the same time,we don’t want students to lag behind. The step will help the corporation bridge the gap and encourage better interaction between the city’s school and college students,” Satish Upadhyay,South corporation Education committee chairman,said.

The corporation is planning to send out an expression of interest to Delhi University for the same,and will also undertake enrolment drives in major colleges to enlist the interested students soon.

“It’s not about a particular talent,but what students wish to teach. It could be science,art,moral education or lessons about life. Eventually,its about the experience and learning. Interacting with DU students will provide great exposure to our kids,most of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds,and also help college students develop a connect with children,and get an education in our social reality,” he said.

Apart from the stipend,the corporation will also give work experience certificates to DU students who teach the corporation school students.

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