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Theatre, art and puppetry: Alternative tools in education

Good education can build a solid foundation for a better future, but that does not guarantee the realization of a better citizen. To fill this gap, are entering the schools, with the help of private institutions, art and theater in their curriculum to sensitize students about social and cultural understanding to instill.

The annual Ishara Puppet Festival has been taking slow slide in this direction for the organization of workshops for teachers and students to increase their knowledge about this art form. The organization feels strongly arts kids can participate at all levels and raise awareness on social issues.

"Arts in education, whether or puppet theater, live takes difficult concepts in a simple and tell them. They actually stimulate children's imagination and help them in lateral thinking" American educator Carol Sterling, a puppeteer told IANS.

Sterling has come to India as part of the Festival of puppets to educate teachers effectively using the form.

Sterling also noted how children learn to critique each other in a constructive manner using the tools of art.

In India, integration of the arts into the curriculum has not been implemented or mandatory and therefore topics such as art, theater and puppets are considered extracurricular activities.

This is despite the National Council of Educational Research and Training has launched a pilot project "Art Integrated Learning" (AIL) finally apply in all government schools at primary level States. It was initially introduced in 20 schools Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) December 2012.

However, do not see the updates are available on its implementation.

At a time when children are loaded with the weight of expectations and competition, arts could provide a path somewhere where children can learn and understand the complex history classes or issues like sanitation, gender prejudices and social evils.

Jeannie Áibar, principal of the school environment in South Delhi Safdarjung enclave, felt the need to train school teachers in introducing puppets topic in the curriculum.

"The teaching profession has undergone a radical change. You do not want to teach the way it has always been. Áibar is important for anyone Institute continue to evolve with changing times to offer its students the best you can," said IANS .

"It is changing the role of a teacher as a facilitator may want to put things in a better way. And to break the monotony of classrooms, one must be open to media such as theater and art" he added.

To ensure that the school is in line with the change of time, Áibar has been the subject of art in time and improvement in children is evident. The Assembly in the morning is no more boring and children "play a role," he said.

Similarly, Sumesh, a student of the National School of Drama who now teaches theater at a private institute of Greater Noida, children felt "open" when exposed to the world of theater.

"You will not believe the kind of questions they ask. I do not think the kind of theater should be able to raise these children on social issues. Sumesh said that enable thinking and imagining beyond books and ask them their minds and try to react to a certain situation, "IANS.

"These tools not only make them confidence but also motivate them to learn a new skill," he added.

For most of us, the word "art class" automatically conjures up an image of a most happy family painting children in her class. Ironically, this is what arts education in India is restricted.

There are efforts to educate children about a young Indian art and artists. So, when they grow up, most of them do not appreciate art.

This was ironic "lack of arts education" in India has been repeated many outstanding artists, galleries and buyers complain that the existence of Indian art ignorant.

But Rite Khoda, founder of the 1st Art Foundation is fighting against various prejudices about art education and lead to various schools across India to adopt the curriculum of art.

"People have not explored the possibilities in art and has always been seen as a hobby or pastime." But if one delved into it, one must have an Adonis deeper understanding of art, Khoda told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

An avid collector herself, Khoda designed these simple curriculum at different levels in schools. Once a school decides to buy it, the subject material is sent for five years.

"Art is not just about teaching and drawing. It is known artists and their work. This is to encourage future generations to appreciate art," he added.

The foundation recently came up with am "I Am an Artist" series that introduced the likes of S.H. Raza, Ram Kumar, Manjit Bawa amd Ganesh Pyne, among in a simple language.

"This series tells the children about their (artist's) life and work style. We should open up their minds so that they are aware of our rich cultural heritage at a young age," Khoda concluded.

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