Inaugurating the Azim Premji Foundation Teacher Learning Centre (TLC) at Srirangapatna BRC office premises, at the Shikshakara Bhavan, recently, Dr N N Prahallada of Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysuru, said that the prime responsibility of teachers is to constantly update their knowledge so as to provide appropriate guidance to the students.
He further said that knowledge is growing at a supersonic speed and therefore, teachers must utilise the newly started TLC of Azim Premji Foundation to the maximum benefit. “The needs of primary school children must be properly understood by the teachers. Teachers have to play a new role in the contemporary context as ‘Learning facilitators and help every child to learn in a joyful atmosphere. Learning is a continuous process; therefore, teachers have to improve their knowledge base through internet,” he opined.
Dr Prahallada pointed out that all children must be encouraged to participate in learning process and added that “No child should be labeled as intelligent, dull, useless and highly useful, etc. All children are like jewels. Hence, everyone must be treated with affection and confidence. Reading and writing process of children needs to be properly guided by the teachers. Reading and writing can be better fostered by starting ‘Reading corners’ in each school. Children’s interest can be put to maximum use through appropriate dialogue by the teachers. Teaching is not just talking rather it is an activity loaded with lots of daily life examples. Constant evaluation of children through comprehensive approach will go a long way in understanding their progress.”
Umesh, Mandya district coordinator, Azim Premji Foundation, explained the purpose and objectives of the TLC. He said the foundation will provide full support in functioning of TLC on appropriate lines.
Srirangapattana BEO Honnaraju called upon the teachers to avail the facility at TLC to the maximum. Mahesh, BRC coordinator,Srirangapatna; Rajashekar, president, Primary School Teachers’ Association, Srirangapattana; K Shankar, DIET faculty, Mandya; Ramesh, secretary, Primary Teachers’ Association, Srirangapattana also spoke on the occasion.
Padma of Azim Premji Foundation and coordinator of TLC Srirangapattana compered the programme.