On July 26, 2019, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, Hon’ble Minister MHRD, Government of India, with Smt. Satbir Bedi, Chairman NCTE, formally launched a new experiential-learning teaching resource called Innovative Pathshaala developed by Sri Aurobindo Society. Teachers can access the activity-based lesson plans provided in Innovative Pathshaala books and mobile application, and teach syllabus topics using grassroot innovations.
The content has been created by compiling the most effective zero-investment teaching practices of teachers from 18 states. The initiative is part of our Zero-Investment for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI) project, funded by HDFC Bank.
“MHRD has notified specific learning outcomes for each grade, and we are looking forward to on-ground action in accomplishing this. Innovative Pathshaala is one such exemplary initiative of the on-ground action, that too led by the teachers, for the teachers,” the Hon’ble Minister said.
Commenting on the focus of Innovative Pathshaala on learning outcomes, Shri Sambhrant Sharma, Member-Executive, Sri Aurobindo Society, said, “The aim of this vast experiential learning content is to make teaching-learning joyful and relevant, and improve students’ learning outcomes. We feel this is real teacher empowerment, where the best work of teachers is able to reach thousands of schools in a way that is practical and relevant in their context.”
Earlier in 2019, we had conducted a pilot introduction of ZIIEI Innovative Pathshaala content via beta mobile app, where experiential learning methods of teachers were inculcated in the UP State Board syllabus. Currently there are 75,000 users of this android app that is available for free on Google App Store.
This has been tweeted by Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, Hon’ble Minister MHRD, Government of India.
Video of the same is available on youtube.