Its success in Bhor Taluka has spurred the Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) to expand its activity based learning (ABL) project to around 400 primary schools covering all the 13 talukas of the district in the second phase.
The ZP had in 2010 launched ABL as a pilot project in 30 schools in Bhor with financial aid from the central government.
The second phase to be launched in November will cover 30 schools from each of the 13 talukas.
ABL has proved quite useful for students and we are expanding it to cover 400 primary schools,from class I to class IV. We launched the project in Bhor after we noticed its success in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, said ZP CEO Anil Kawade
ABL is a process wherein students are split into groups and given tasks that help them relate to the subject better and make it easier for them to understand. There is a lot of team spirit involved with the brighter students helping the slower ones to comprehend the subjects. The teachers play the role of facilitators,and there is emphasis on self-study by the groups.
The whole idea is to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable, said Pandurang Memane,extension officer,the primary education department.
There has been a positive response from students and teachers in all the schools where we implemented the pilot project in Bhor taluka. Teachers from these schools have undergone training for the project, said Kawade.
The project is part of the efforts to retain students with ZP schools that have been losing them to private schools and English medium schools in recent years. The District Planning Committee has allocated Rs 1 crore for implementation of the project in the 13 talukas.