Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has launched a
programme under the theme, 'Partnership Between Schools Programme' in Dindigul
city of Tamil Nadu. This programme is aimed at providing urban facilities to the
students from rural areas, so that they can experience the urban lifestyle and
functioning of industries.
In a bid to enhance the problem solving
skill of the students hailing from both rural and urban areas, this programme
has been designed in a way that students from urban areas will experience the
lifestyle of rural people and vice versa. The method of storytelling will also
be employed and it is believed that such an exchange will lead to a holistic
development of students.
The first batch of the programme was
launched at the Panchayat Middle School in G. Iyapatti village in Sanarpatti
To start with, 20 students from Arul Jothi
Higher Secondary School have been exposed to rural life.
"These students will attend classes in
the school for six days. They will understand teaching methodologies adopted by
rural teachers. We will also take them for a field study - visiting agri farms,
rural industries and rural agri markets - to get a first-hand experience,"
revealed A. Vincent Paul Raj, school Headmaster, to a popular news daily.
11 urban schools have been inducted in the
programme by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).
“Urban students would visit coir units,
mango pulp processing units, paddy fields and wholesale vegetable markets, and
rural students would be taken to lock industries, milk processing units and
manufacturing industries,” told SSA district coordinator, S. Salim Raja.
The school exchange programme was primarily
aimed at augmenting the living standard of the rural students by giving them
urban exposure and to sensitise the urban students towards the problems associated
with rural lifestyles.