An Alternative Holistic Approach to Education

To introduce the idea of holistic development and implementing them in the classroom knowing each students’ context and experiences, Integrated Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) was introduced to teachers as a method which focuses on the holistic development of children rather than only focusing on the book and knowledge based approach. On 27th December, 21 teachers were invited from government schools of Sindhupalchowk and Dhading to NJSI office, Bakhundole to expose them to different teaching methods that can be fruitful in teaching and learning approach.

It was a two day long program facilitated by well experienced teachers of St. Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel. Day one focused on briefing the flow of teaching and learning: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action and Evaluation and techniques of making lesson plan. The session incorporated different group activities, reflecting on songs and metaphorical stories and applying them as a teacher.  Day 2 dealt with topics such as: Multi intelligence theory, Learning and Teaching styles, Understanding adolescents and Non-violent communication.

Teachers seemed happy with the training and were enthusiast throughout the program. Both the presenters as well as the participants indulged in interactive conversation. Teachers gave a positive feedback on content of the program and the overall management. Most of them also mentioned in the feedback that they found the program effective and would want to participate in more of these training. IPP as a whole was a new approach to education for many teachers, so they tried their best to grasp it and are looking forward to implement them in their school and classes.