In an exemplary endeavour to make teaching fun and effective, reputed Khar (Mumbai) School Jasudben ML School (JML), introduces a first-of-its-kind, in-curriculum, storytelling-based value enrichment programme for Grades 1 to 4. It is a unique, year-long programme that builds values like kindness, respect & honesty in students using Indian stories. For this, the school has engaged ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ (ACK) – the country’s favourite storyteller and is set to unleash the magic of stories into the classroom.
Explaining the reasons for taking on this innovative teaching modus operandi, Damayanti Bhattacharya, Principal, JML School says, “We adults underestimate the power of stories and their impact on young minds. The message or moral of an interesting story creates a far greater impression on kids than the usual preaching ever does. Storytelling is a beautiful tool that simultaneously engages various parts of the mind like the cognitive, the creative and the emotional. It allows children to explore their cultural roots, experience diverse thoughts and enables them to empathize with unfamiliar people, places or situations. So we are definitely looking forward to introducing this program with the support of one of the country’s finest storytelling institutions – ACK.”
The School will have a dedicated storytelling expert to train teachers and facilitators on how to integrate the storytelling scheme into the education system for primary classes. Shachii Manik – Co-ordinator President’s Office, JML school says, “Introducing this concept is going to be an engaging and fruitful endeavour. I am sure that it will pique students’ interest and will prove to be a highly effective teaching tool. To ensure impactful delivery of this new programme, we are in the process of providing adequate training for our teachers who will conduct the sessions at the school.”