MYSURU: With the focus on better primary education in rural schools, the government has introduced several programmes to improve the quality of education and attract more students.
In rural areas, government school children are talented but need good education and skills. Science and English education in primary schooling can boost the academic performance of these children. Towards this end, city-based Ace Education Trust, in collaboration with United Breweries Limited, Nanjangud, has jointly set up Mini Science Centres in Nanjangud taluk.
These centres in select schools benefit students from class 1 to class 7 and help them learn basic science principles and concepts through working science models.
Two centres were opened last year in Hulimavu and Kempisiddanahundi. The good response motivated them to install five more centres in various schools of Hadinaru, Bokkahalli, Srirampura, Thandavapura and Kanakadasa Government Higher Primary Schools in the same taluk. UBL funded all these centres under its Corporate Social Responsibility projects.
Nanjangud BEO M Chandrakanth said that initiatives like this will lift the quality of primary education in government schools. It cha nged teaching methods in government schools and for attractive teaching using models, UBL spent on an average Rs 10 lakh per centre, he said.
Science models designer Ace Education Trust coordinator N Karthik said, "We want to improve rural government schools. Infrastructure and curriculum modernization is the first step in this process; we decided to open the mini science centres based on primary school syllabus. About 50-60 working science models have been installed at these centres. We approached UBL to fund such initiatives in rural government schools and they did it under CSR."
"It's a unique model in the country. Now, more organizations and companies visit the centres and are ready to install them in various parts of the country. Our trust has been working to develop science education models for school students," he added.
On Monday, primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait inaugurated the centre and congratulated both organizations to come up with innovative programmes to improve rural government schools.