Story telling

Reading room, storytelling, birdhouses: Delhi government headteachers share special initiatives at awards ceremony

From a reading room for non-school hours to creating a bird sanctuary on the school campus – leaders from six public schools shared their special initiatives with other school administrators during the handover Excellence in Education Awards held on Monday.

During the award ceremony, 48 schools were recognized by the Delhi government in different award categories for the year 2020 and 45 schools for the year 2021. A total of 276 students who topped X classes and XII were also awarded.

Alongside this, a new initiative was the “Edudel Talk” in which six school leaders were selected from 60 applicants to talk about any unique initiative they introduced in their schools. Education Ministry officials say the goal is to encourage more principals to take more initiative in adopting practices that can improve children’s learning.

Among these was Awadhesh Kumar Kha, director of Sarvodaya Co-ed Vidyalaya, Sector 8, who introduced a reading room by converting two classrooms into one after receiving complaints that students did not have a conducive environment to study at home. The room remains open 365 days, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for students who wish to study and prepare for competitions after class hours.

Another initiative was taken by Anita Dixit at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Sultanpuri. After the students raised the issue of the lack of birds in the area, the school started raising awareness about different birds, especially sparrows. Students have also started building birdhouses and bird feeders at school.

At Kalkaji Specialized School of Excellence, Principal Ritu Kumari has worked to build a culture of storytelling. “One day, I was doing a friendly interactive session with the students of class IX. When I asked them about their daily routine, it was observed that students spend most of their time on electronic gadgets. I asked them to write stories of their choice and the next day we had a lot of new stories. The students shared their experiences of writing and inventing stories. And so we were able to bring out new storytelling skills in the students,” she said. These older students then share these stories with the children in the primary class.