India Releases Curriculum on Experiential Learning
India’s HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar released the curriculum on Experiential Learning – Gandhijis Nai Talim in New Delhi today.
This curriculum was brought out simultaneously in 13 languages i.e., Assamese, Tamil, Bengali, Odiya, Kannada, Malyalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi, and English in consultation with the state councils of educational research and training along with the universities in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that we would like to take experiential learning to all levels of education involving all states and all stakeholders.
He said that the Gandhiji’s Nai Talim or basic education was a holistic approach of developing body, mind and soul (hand, head, and heart), by making a productive art, craft or community engagement activity as the centre of learning. Gandhi ji said “by education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit,” said the Minister.
He congratulated Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education for having involved all stakeholders in bringing out this Curriculum for Experiential Learning which is also based on Gandhi ji’s Nai Talim.
On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s upcoming 150th birth anniversary celebrations, a movement is on across the educational institutions in the country to promote Nai Talim, Work Education and Experiential Learning.
A special effort is on school and teacher education in the areas of work education and experiential learning through the education departments of universities as well as Central and State Governments and the SCERTs.
Marking the occasion of Teacher’s Day, the book titled “Experiential Learning – Gandhiji’s Nai Talim is launched today. This book is expected to inspire this movement to cover progressively 25 crore students of educational institutes at different levels in the country covering 80 lakh primary school teachers and 20 lakh secondary school teachers, spread over 17.5 lakh primary schools and 2.5 lakh secondary schools across the country.
The book contains basic principles of Gandhiji’s Nai Talim (our notes and interpretations), along with the Work and Education curriculum for Schools, D.Ed, B.Ed and Faculty Development Programmes for teachers.
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