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EducationNIPUN Bharat to help kids attain foundational literacy

NIPUN Bharat to help kids attain foundational literacy

Published: 27th Oct 2021 6:04 pm

Hyderabad: The Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) Mission called NIPUN Bharat Programme (National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy) was launched to enable the universal acquisition of the FLN skills in all children by Grade 3. Foundational Literacy goals are oral language development, decoding the written words, reading fluency, reading comprehension and writing.

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In DPS, Nacharam, the focus of language-teaching is more on the above-mentioned skills with emphasis on reading fluency, reading comprehension and writing. Activities such as ‘Show and tell’, ‘Guess the word’ are not only aimed at building the vocabulary but also enhance the reading comprehension, reading fluency and creative writing skills in young learners.

Foundational numeracy is the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts in daily life problem solving and includes pre-number concepts, numbers and operations on numbers, shapes and spatial understanding, measurement, data handling.

A range of interesting activities such as Place Value Abacus, Number Hunt, Addition machine, Jump in Odd Jump out Even, Arithmetic Jigsaw etc. are conducted to ensure that children effectively apply these number concepts in their daily life situations.

Three Developmental Goals as enumerated by NEP 2020 require children to

  1. Maintain good health and well-being. Separate classes are conducted on the importance of health, personal hygiene and well-being by a dedicated teacher
  2. Become effective communicators. Opportunities both in class and outside are given to students to creatively express themselves both in writing and speaking. Leadership is nurtured very young with the creation of positions of responsibility such as Student Council members at both pre-school and Junior primary school levels
  3. Become involved learners and connect with their immediate environment. Students are given exposure to the outside world through virtual tours, field trips etc. Interesting learning spaces such as Butterfly garden, vegetables and fruits garden are created outside of classrooms to enable students to maintain a connection with the environment.
    As NEP 2020 rightly quotes ‘Grade 3 is the inflection point by which children are expected to ‘Learn to Read’ so that they can ‘Read to Learn’ after that as children who fall behind get left behind.

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