Thanks to the initiatives of two NGOs –American India Foundation and STiR
At the Coimbatore Corporation Girls’ High School, Puliakulam, students with their nimble fingers trace the outline of India and Tamil Nadu in maps hung on classroom walls. After repeating the exercise in turns, they then close their eyes to draw the Indian and State boundary on air. And, then they do it on their notebooks and mark important places.
Guiding them through the exercise is social studies teacher P. Chinnaponnu. “I had to come up with the idea as the students were poor in maps and were losing out on the 15 marks they could score in Class X public examination,” she says.
A few km away at the Corporation Higher Secondary School, Okkiliyar Street, is M. Pramila, who teaches students in classes six, seven and eight. By counselling and engaging a hyper-active boy she has brought about a behavioural transformation. “So changed is my brother’s attitude that he now accompanies me to shops late at night, shares his dream and also stationery,” says the boy’s elder sister C. Udayakumari, who also studies in the same school.