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Best Pratice: Innovating Teaching makes learning a fun for school kids

Village teacher makes learning fun

Vijaysinh Parmar,TNN | Feb 4, 2014, 05.11 AM IST

RAJKOT: Kamlesh Zapadia, a primary school teacher in a remote village of the district, struggles with erratic power supply at his house. But he did not mind travelling 20km to Jasdan daily for a cybercafe to give shape to his innovative teaching aid that makes studying less burdensome. 

Zapadia (35) has converted the entire syllabus from class 1 to 10 in a quiz format - he likens it to Kaun Banega Crorepati (KCB) - so that children don't have to cram textbooks for exams and enjoy studies. 

Zapadia and his friends have developed a website - www.edusafar.com - and uploaded the entire syllabus in the quiz format, a feat that has also been recognized by India's premier business school - Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIM-A). 

Zapadia will be among 100 teachers who will be felicitated by Gujarat Innovative Education Council and Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training, for their innovative ideas in education, in Gandhinagar on February 5. 

"Playing a quiz online is always fun. If the same can be done with syllabus, children will learn faster and enjoy it too," Zapadia told TOI. "Moreover, the entire syllabus in quiz format can be downloaded free of cost from our website. Most schools have computers now and they can utilize it to the maximum," he said. 

Last week, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) conducted a special workshop on this project. "We are keen to carry Zapadia's idea forward and implementing it in all 1,420 schools. We have already distributed the CDs to all the primary schools in the district," said M V Nagani, principal, DIET.

Source : Times of India 

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