“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, all play and no work makes Jack a dull boy,” believes Maria Edgeworth, a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of adults’ and children’s literature. With a view to provide space for work and play, the ITE Centre in Nagaon (Assam) organised a three-day winter camp at Nehru Yuva Kendra from December 20-22, 2017. Integrated Approach to Technology in Education (ITE), an initiative of Tata Trusts implemented in Assam by DEF, is an innovative education programme aimed at fostering higher order learning among primary and upper primary students.
Under the ITE project, students and government school teachers are introduced to interactive learning and teaching methods, and free digital literacy classes are provided to stakeholders.
The winter camp, inaugurated by Gauri Shankar Baruah, RMSA District Consultant (Government of Assam), was organised with concrete objectives to promote and empower students as ITE leaders in school, to enhance their understanding of ITE, improve their ITE skill, and introduce new ITE application, to reinforce 21st century tools to encourage cross-school interactions, besides facilitating and promoting team work in students through edutainment activities.
Children were in activities that laid emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation through comics and sports. The camp also facilitated leadership building, socio-emotional learning and community engagement. As many as 34 students from 13 schools and two ITE centres participated in this camp. On the last day, students presented projects on varying topics to their parents, teachers and other guests.