Smart skills are being imparted to teachers and students of St Mary’s Hindi Medium School, Bistupur, by RC Jamshedpur Midtown, RID 3250, to make them future-ready, equipped with the right mindset to take on the emerging challenges in classroom education.
Designed by Rtns Preeti Saini and Shiva Rao, past president (2021–22) over a casual talk during Diwali last year, the TEACH programme was launched on Jan 30, 2022. Teachers are trained through interactive lectures, group activities and live classes in their schools to give them a “practical idea of how to conduct classes based on experiential learning,” said Preeti. The programme covers soft skills including presentation, leadership, communication, interpersonal, spoken English and IT skills. So far, 25 sessions were held at the school with five teachers and 200 students in each class.
All the classes were taken by project director Preeti with support from Rtns Ekta Agarwal and Sumedha Gautam. “The activities part of smart skills is the major highlight as students get a chance to implement what they have learnt, enabling a smooth assimilation,” said Preeti. Around 290 students from Classes 9 and10 have benefitted from the programme.
The project also involves parents for holistic growth of students. School principal Prem Lata has been a pillar of support for the Rotarians who are keen to expand the smart skills project to other schools.