Berhampur, June 21 (LocalWire): Teach Gajapati, an initiative by the local administration to provide quality education to the children in this tribal-dominated district has been lauded by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a recently held NITI Ayog meeting.
The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction over the initiative where retired teachers and others, including government employees voluntarily teach the students in the schools.
Encouraged with the pat from the Prime Minister, the district administration has decided to further expand the programme.
“We are very happy to see the name of Gajapati figure at the national meet,” the district collector Anupam Saha said adding that the campaign would be undertaken in the wider manner this year after the reopening of the schools on Friday.
The district authority had launched the ‘Teach Gajapati’ initiative under the ‘Mo School Abhiyan’ programme of the state government that aims to improve school infrastructure and learning process through participation of the community.
While launching the initiative on 29 June last year at Mahendragiri Municipal High School in Paralakhemundi, Saha had taught Geography to students of Class IX.
He had also urged retired teachers, government employees, bankers and others to join the initiative and conduct classes of their interest voluntarily.
According to the district administration, overall 64 volunteer teachers conducted 572 classes in 53 different schools across the district during the year that were attended by 3,100 students, most of whom were from class VII, VIII, IX and X.
The initiative has also helped to tide over the crisis of the large scale teacher vacancy in the district and each volunteer teacher was allotted a maximum 15 periods based on their selection of the subject and according to their qualification.
According to Lead Bank Manager Damodar Ugrasandi who volunteered to teach Science to Class IX students at government school, Narayanpur in Rayagada block, the response of the student was very good.
A similar view was also expressed by NABARAD assistant general manager S Paul who taught Geography to class IX students in the same school. Both of them had conducted five classes each.
“I felt very proud to teach English grammar to the Class IX students,” said Binod Chandra Rath, a lecturer in English who took voluntary classes at the UG High School Jeebra.
Going ahead, district collector Saha wants to engage more people with the initiative and has chalked out plans for an orientation programme for the volunteers. “We have also planning to conduct class tests for the students to help them improve their standard,” he said.