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Edn includes learning tradition: Banuo
Correspondent, KOHIMA, Dec 10:
Published on 11 Dec. 2008 12:39 AM IST
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Additional chief secretary, Banuo Z. Jamir, IAS said the Socially Useful and Productive Work (SUPW) which was part of the school curriculum were not given proper attention in the past. She said work education include learning one’s own traditions and cultures including learning folklores, folk songs in real folk tune and learning to make traditional clothes and garments. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of exhibition-cum-sale on Work Education at Kohima Local ground Wednesday, She stressed on the importance on the role of senior citizens who could contribute in educating the children through teaching students in tradition, culture and work education. “Behind every work, there is scientific explanation,” she said. She also said that theoretical lesson taught to students in class should be linked up with practical work. “Society had produced so many unemployable educated because they were taught only theoretically” and for which she underlined the need to produce employable educated youth who could engage in various trade that were productive economically and socially to the society. Further, brushing aside the common excuse that Naga students were weak in mathematics, she pointed out rich designs accompanying various traditional dresses were involved in mathematics which had been passed down from generation to generation. Giving a new impetus to the education system in the state, 22 Government Middle Schools under the District Mission Authority (DMA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) displayed the rich hidden talent among the students during an exhibition-cum-sale. Work Education or Life Skill was included in the school curriculum effective from the academic session 2008 onward under the ongoing SSA program. On the occasion, a competition among the different participating GMS was held whereby a panel of five judges gave their judgment. In the group prizes, Government Middle School (GMS), New Market, Kohima bagged the first and received an amount of Rs.7000, GMS Khonoma bagged the 2nd position and pocket cash prize of Rs.5, 000 and GMS Tseminyu Town bagged the 3rd and received Rs 3, 000. In the individual award, Visedelie of GMS, New Market bagged the first prize for his painting and bagged cash prize of Rs.3000, while, Rajuwetuo from GMS Mezoma, bagged 2nd position and taking home Rs.2000 and Neilhounuo of GMS Rusoma bagged third and was awarded Rs1000. Angau I Thou, Mission Director, State Mission Authority, Nagaland (SSA) who graced the valedictory function as guest of honour gave away the prizes to the winners. In her address, she said such competitions were a stepping stone and should be taken up for folk songs, dances and it could be inter district or inter state She said and government school children were second to none provided they are taught well by the teachers.

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