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Uttarakhand launches smart teaching prog for primary children

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

The government is launching a Sampark Smart Class programme to enhance learning outcome in mathematics and English subjects at primary level.

"The Sampark Smart Class approach is unique and a path breaking innovation. It will be an asset for our education system for years to come and bring in a revolution in the way Maths and English are taught in our schools," Chief Minister Harish Rawat was quoted in statement issued by Sampark Foundation.

With an investment of Rs 40 crore from Sampark Foundation, the programme is being successfully implemented in more than 12,000 primary government schools with 4.5 lakh children, the statement said.

Former CEO of and Sampark Foundation founder Chairman Vineet Nayar has invested close to Rs 650 crore for setting up the platform.

The objective of the joint initiative of government and Sampark is to ensure that 80 per cent of children are able to do basic Math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and use 500 new words to speak and write in English after a year of implementation, it added.

The class programme comprises 3D teaching learning aids, audio lessons with music and songs combined with stories and games to make learning fun.

"We are glad to partner with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, government of Uttarakhand and invest Rs 40 crore in Sampark Smart Class transformation programme in Uttarakhand. Both me and my wife are from Uttarakhand which makes this project a very special one for us," Nayar said.

In 2014 and 2015, the Sampark Smart Class programme was implemented across 2,000 schools and Sampark Foundation has trained more than 2,500 teachers.

First Published: Thu, February 25 2016. 22:22 IST