In an effort to encourage hands-on learning methods, which can facilitate the students in better understanding of the topic, a lecture programme on "Promoting Experiential Methods of Learning Science and Mathematics at the Elementary Level" was held on Wednesday at Heirangoithong in Imphal West.
Organised for the four government high schools (Heirangoithong HS, Chingamakha HS, Pettigrew Jr HS and Moirangkhom Jr HS) under Singjamei AC by the headmistress of Heirangoithong High School, it was attended by the teaching faculties and students of the four schools.
While giving the lecture, Education (S) DI Zone-I Sinam Meena gave live demonstrations of various simple experiments of chemistry, physics and biology. The world has become increasingly complex and it is essential to provide young learners with a strong foundation in science and mathematics, she said.
Engaging in experiments and activities, children can learn about scientific and mathematical concepts in a way that is fun, engaging and memorable, she said adding that the benefits of experiential learning improves learning outcomes, enhanced creativity and critical thinking skills of students besides improving their attitude towards science and mathematics.
Giving some practical tips for incorporating hands-on learning, she said one needs to start small, use everyday objects, collaborate with one another and incorporate technology.
She said, in fact experiential learning is a powerful tool for teaching science and mathematics and it is the teachers' responsibility to provide the students with the best possible education.
By incorporating hands-on learning into teachings, the teachers can help to ensure that the students are well prepared for success in this 21st century, she added.
The DI also elaborated on the importance of GI tag in promoting and protecting traditional products, particularly in states like Manipur which have a rich cultural heritage.
She said obtaining a GI tag can preserve and protect traditional products, preserve cultural heritage, and promote economic development at the same time.
Getting the GI tags for products like Chakhao and Moirang Phee has given the advocacy and support for local producers, she said adding such will ensure that traditional knowledge and skills are preserved for generations to come.