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Young educationist visits & commends Al Qamar

posted 27 Sep 2012, 07:12 by Webmaster Alqamar   [ updated 27 Sep 2012, 07:12 ]

Gunvant Jain, a young educationist who after graduating from IIT Madras joined Teach for India as a Fellow.  After two years in that role, he is now part of InOpen, a company which works with the Homi Bhabha Centre in Mumbai, to promote the Small Science curriculum. He has been featured in The Hindu for his exceptional tenure in Teach for India. His classroom and his teaching methodologies were featured in the Teachers Plus magazine.

Gunvant visited Al Qamar today. He spent time with the 3rd and 5th graders and discussed their opinions about the curriculum. He then observed a science lesson after which he again spoke to the children about his experiences of teaching Small Science to a school in Maharashtra as a part of the Teach for India Fellowship. I hope his experience inspires our young students to work in the NGO sector and make sacrifices for the benefit of young children.

I’m happy to share what Gunvant had to say about his visit:

“Today I had visit to Al-Qamar Academy, at Chennai.

It was really inspiring to see that kids were so expressive and confident. Ms. Aneesa and her husband are doing a commendable job.

Kids were so happy in showing their Small Science work books and sharing their experiences. I've also got a chance to attend a Science session with them. It was on decomposition and microbes.

Ms. Aneesa took them out for observation garbage bin, talk about food wastage and its fate. Post this observation kids placed piece of bread and banana peal in two different ways (closed and open) at different places for observation. Later discussion started about decomposition of food. Kids had many interesting questions, I remember one of them, (I guess from Inaya) "When microbes eat so much of food why they do not get big and we still say them microbes ?" Just loved the way it was answered.

I thank Ms. Aneesa for providing me opportunity to interact with kids talking about my classroom experience. Kids just loved knowing about classroom, they asked a lot of questions but due to time constraints I could not address all of them.”