THE NATIONAL SYSTEM OF EDUCATION AS CONCEIVED BY OUR LEADERS DURING THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR FREEDOM AND AS PROPOUNDED-BY MAHATAMA GANDHI HAS ITS GENESIS IN WORK-BASED EDUCATION.HE WAS OF THE OPINION THAT IF EDUCATION IS BASED ON SOCIALLY USEFUL PRODUCTIVE WORK, IT WOULD BE AN INSTRUMENT FOR PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION.
SUPW in our school is tailored to meet individual student needs and they generally include a focus on basic academic skills which shift towards more functional programming and preparing students for independent living and working.
In addition to developing individual skills, SUPW aims to help develop among the students the habit to work as a community, encourage community thinking, increase awareness of scientific advancement and develop a scientific outlook. The training acquired in the classroom is expected to help students to solve day to day problems of the community.
In our school SUPW has an important place in the curriculum. SUPW has the status of a full-fledged subject for the awarding of certificates and grades at the end of class 10th and 12th. One hundred and fifty hours a year is to be spent for SUPW. Half of the total time is given to life skill activities and the other half is given to community service.
SUPW program in our school comprises of –
- Community service outside the school are :
- Village adopted by the school– The village adopted by our school named “SARANA”. The object of the adoption of the village is a part of the process where the school sensitizes the children to their surroundings, and makes them aware about the lives of people around them, including the less fortunate ones. It also gives the school children an opportunity to connect with the society, and understand their lives, their little joys , their sensitive’s and their problems, and contribute in a small manner to bring smiles to their faces and cheer to their lives. It gives us an opportunity to learn to share and care and to be able to touch the lives of some people around us, in our society.
- Hearing impaired school- Hearing and speech impaired society of Mayo College Girls’ School is associated with the students of “Badhir Vidhyalaya” for more than fifteen years now. The students of classes 9th to 12th interact with these children and learn the art of communication, transcending the frontier of language and experience the simple joys of life. Our girls teach them dance, music, art and craft items and cooking, various sports matches are organized between the girls and the students .We help them to put up a stall at the MCGS fete every year on our foundation day to recognize the capabilities of differently abled children and give them every opportunity to showcase them .Our school made an initiative to donate money for extension and renovation of their school building.
- Mentally challenged and orphanage school– MCGS works with the children from a school with special needs- “Meenu Manu Vikas Kendra, Chachiawas “ and for a home for the needy – Dayanand Bal Sadan. Through community service we hope to show these children the beauty of life- outside and within them, to show them that we are all the same and that a mere disability does not make them any different. The schools visit us quite often where we work with them on making art and craft items and we teach them music and dance. They also learn the art of making decorative items like candles by using recycle materials which not only serve an aesthetic purpose but also raise their knowledge about keeping the earth clean and green. All of these were sold at MCGS fete to raise funds. The students from Dayanand Bal Sadan are invited to attend the important functions and programs organized by MCGS like MCGS MUN, interhouse dance and music and Annual Prize Giving functions which gives them a great learning experience. Our school made an initiate to donate mattresses, pillow, stationary, shoes and winter and summer clothes. Our girls willingly and whole heartedly worked at our school store- sorting and repairing the old stuff before donating to MMVK.
- Literacy in school– literacy was conceptualized fifteen years back to spread the word of education and self –sufficiency among the Baijis of our school. Over the years, it has evolved to be one of the most interesting societies for social work in our school. This year Literacy has not only imparted education but also involved Baijis into other co-curricular activities like candle making, jute designing, pot decorations and Mehendi designing. Seeing the widespread of diseases and infections, our society understands the need to inform the Baijis about personal hygiene and precautions to be taken for diseases like Dengue, Malaria, and Chickenguniya.
- Activities in the school are:-
- Life skills – work practices in the production of goods and services.
- Organizing festivals
- Running school canteen
- Maintenance of Bulletin Board
- Decoration of school on special occasions
- Management of functions celebrations and exhibitions
SUPW is compulsory activity from class 4th to 7th. Common life skills activities for these classes are:-
- DANCE- Folk/Kathak/Bharatnatyam/Odissi
- HINDUSTANI MUSIC- Vocal/Sitar/Harmonium/Tabla/Violin
- WESTERN MUSIC-Vocal/Keyboard/Drums/Piano/Guitar
- ART AND CRAFT AND NEEDLE WORK
- NATURE CLUB
From class 9th to 12th activities are optional. Girls have to choose one community service and two life skills activities. Activities for senior classes are:-
- Hindustani vocal and instrumental
- Western vocal and instrumental
- HOME SCIENCE
- Hindi and English
- Creative writing
ART AND CRAFT, AND TEXTILE DESIGNING
Specialized teachers are teaching these activities. The professional status of the teachers is the same as that of other teachers.
Pupils are trained, observed and evaluated and grades are given on the basis of their work and effort. These grades are reflected in the Half-yearly and Final examination reports. Board classes’ 10th and 12th grades are reflected in the Board Examination Mark-Sheet.