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                                    Channelling lived experience for effective learning

                      What is the best way to engage Class 10 students in a lesson on   created an election scenario and then asked questions based on
                      political science? Make them simulate a real-life election,      the subject matter.” adds Gajanan.
                      complete with students and sta  acting as party leaders, party
                                                                                       Launched in November 2021, the “Experiential Learning for
                      functionaries, polling o cials, and as ordinary citizens voting in
                                                                                       21  Century” programme is an initiative of the Central Board of
                      the whole democratic process.
                                                                                       Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Education Society for
                      Earlier, during the normal course of classroom teaching, Gajanan   Tribal Students (NESTS), and the Ministry of Tribal A airs. The
                      Dhangar (a teacher at Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS),   Tata Trusts have collaborated to implement the programme as
                      Khairi Parsoda, Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra) would have          part of its Education portfolio, along with the Tata Institute of
                      delivered a lecture on Political Science to his students, followed   Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and the Mahatma Gandhi
                      by a discussion on the key concepts, and students taking down    International School  (MGIS) in Ahmedabad.
                      notes on the same. But attending a training course on experiential
                                                                                       The training programme was conceptualised as an online course
                      learning in December 2021 exposed Gajanan to a di erent and
                                                                                       for educators. Its key objective is to give primacy to students’
                      perhaps more e ective approach to teaching, which incorporates
                                                                                       context and adapt classroom learning to real-life experiences.
                      the Nai-Taleem  philosophy.
                                                                                       The three-month online course entitled, “Teacher Leaders” was
                      “Using key takeaways from the course, I asked students to        o ered to about 44 selected teachers and principals. Participants
                      conduct a real election during which process, a voting list,     were drawn from six states, namely Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh,
                      election manifesto, ballot paper, party symbol, and agenda were   Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh.
                      discussed with the students. Senior teachers were requested
                                                                                       Four training modules were delivered, supported by virtual webinars
                      to act as members of the Election Commission of India,”
                                                                                       to discuss the teachers’ understanding and to facilitate course
                      said Gajanan.
                                                                                       learnings. The interactive webinars further oriented teachers
                      “One student became a leader,                                                      towards pedagogy focussed on project
                      and others were followers… I                                                       mapping and lesson planning.
                      asked some students to act as
                                                                                                         Following  a  successful  completion  of  the
                      representatives  in  a  polling
                                                                                                         course, along with 259 other EMRS teachers,
                      booth, and students voted as per
                                                                                                         and incorporating it in his own classroom
                      the attendance register, following
                                                                                                         teaching methods, Gajanan now acts as a
                      which we dotted their fingers
                                                                                                         mentor for the course. He is currently
                      using permanent markers. We
                                                                                                         mentoring  around  10  teachers  from  the
                       Implementing an experiential learning                                             second batch, which commenced in August
                       project at a school in Tripura
                                                                                                         this year.

                                                                                                                4  QUALITY EDUCATION
                      1 Anand Niketan is a Nai Taleem school,
                                                                                                                PROJECT ALIGNS WITH SDG
                      situated in Sewagram, Wardha, Maharashtra

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