INTACH (J&K) Holds Workshop On “Art Integrated Learning”

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Jammu – Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), a prominent organization working in the field of art, culture and heritage conservation organized a first of its kind workshop aimed at introducing art integrated learning and promoting education through creative arts in Jammu today. Entitled “Improving the quality of Education through Art Integrated Learning & Child Participation”, the workshop which was organized in collaboration with the Department of School Education, J&K government and the Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Jammu, saw an overwhelming participation of over 50 teachers from the government schools of Jammu and Rajouri districts. Dr. S.S. Bleoria, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jammu presided over the inaugural function. . Saleem Beg, convenor INTACH, J&K, . M. K. Raina, eminent Theatre and film Personality & Educator through Creative Art, . Gulzar Ahmed Qureshi, Director School Education, Jammu, . Anil Jain, State Coordinator Pedagogy, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, . Avinash Chander Aima, Principal State Institute of Education Jammu, Dr. Poonam Dhawan, Director DLL JU, Dr. Kavita Suri, Assistant Director, DLL, Altaf Hussain Co-Convener INTACH (J&K)  and other faculty members of the Department were also present at the inaugural function.

Giving a background of the Project, . M. Saleem Beg, Convener INTACH J&K said that INTACH in collaboration with the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust is using the medium of art, theatre, creative writing and photography to enhance basic learning skills at primary level, up to class eight, in government schools. The program is structured in the background of National Curriculum framework, 2005 mandated by NCERT for the school system in the country.

 “We have designed a major intervention with support of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai. The intervention is aimed at introducing art integrated learning and promoting education through creative arts. The aim is to develop new child-centred creative learning methodologies for schools, creative expression and development of life skills and self-confidence in children,” said . Beg adding that The aim to introduce art, theatre and photography in schools is not to produce professionals in these areas but to improve the skill of observation, enquiry and understanding

The project which started in Kashmir in June this year will cover 100 schools in the state, 50 schools each in Jammu and Kashmir regions. The project aims at increasing success rate of government schools, where pass percentage continues to be dismal because of poor teaching mechanism. The aim to introduce art, theatre and photography in schools is not to produce professionals in these areas but to improve the skill of observation, enquiry and understanding

In his address, Dr. S. S. Bloeria, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jammu said that in 2005, the National Curriculum Framework laid down guiding principles to fight the fact that learning was becoming a source of burden and stress on children and their parents. The framework laid stress on connecting knowledge to life outside the school, ensuring that learning shifts away from routine methods and teaching enhancing children’s natural desire to learn.

Anil Jain Projector Coordinator Pedagogy SSA and . Avinash C. Aima spoke about programmes taken up the Department of Education of upgrading the curriculum and teaching methodology based on the national curriculum framework.

M. K. Raina who spoke on “Education through Theater  said theatre helps improve skill of attention, retention and observation. In the afternoon session, a panel discussion on Art Integrated Learning was chaired by M.K. Raina Eminent Theater Personality. The panelists in the discussion included Prof. Renu Nanda, Department of Education Jammu University, Department of Education, JU, Dr. Kavita Suri, Dept of Lifelong Learning JU and Dr Komal Nagar, The Business School, Jammu University. A film on Art Integrated Learning was also shown in the workshop which has been sponsored by NCERT.

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