Vidya Pravesh or Zirna Kailawn is a National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN Mission) of the Government of India and NCERT aligned to the key competencies and the learning outcomes of Preschool 3 (Balvatika).This preparatory module should be used for all Class 1 students across the country even after the pandemic. It is meant to be implemented in government schools through the newly launched ‘NIPUN Bharat’ scheme. Zirna Kailawn is to address the developmental and learning needs of all children who enter Grade I, and who may or may not had any prior preschool experience. It will facilitate teachers to make children’s entry in school education smooth, fearless and joyful. The school preparation programme is designed for initial three months of Grade I which can be transacted for four hours per day. It follows a play based pedagogy and promotes experential learning with emphasis on the use of developmentally appropriate activities and local play materials.
On the first day of the training i.e on 7th April 2022 a short programme on the launching of Zirna Kailawn- a 3 month play based pedagogy was organized under the chairmanship of the Director SCERT, and after a welcoming address a brief note about Zirna Kailawn was made by the Director SCERT followed by an explanation of the training and the nature of the book by Pi Lalduhawmi Thomte, Deputy Director SCERT. The book was released by the Chief Guest Secretary, School Education Department with a short speech. The Director, School Education then had a speech followed by a report of the training given by Dr. A. Lalchhandami Fanai, Joint Director, SCERT and the programme ended with vote of thanks by Pi Zohmingliani, Joint Director SCERT.
In the first phase, four trainings were conducted. The first was held for SDEO Aizawl East on 7th April 2022, SDEO Aizawl West on 8th April 2022, SDEO Darlawn on 19th April and SDEO Aizawl South and SDEO Saitual on 20th April 2022.
The number of participants SDEO wise is given in the table:
No of teachers
No of headmasters
Expected no of participants
Aizawl South &Saitual
The table above indicates that a total of 269 Teachers and 190 Headmasters from SDEO Aizawl East, West, South, Darlawn and Saitual attended the training programme. A list of which is enclosed.
Five faculty of SCERT were assigned to be the resource persons for the training namely- Pi LalduhawmiThomte Deputy Director, Pu F. Lalliansanga Deputy Director, Pi Lalnunsiami Lecturer, Pu P.C Lalrintluanga Science Consultant and Pi Ruth Rosangpuii Lecturer. The course oulineof the training are:
i) Principles and Objectives of ZirnaKailawn in which the meaning and objectives of Zirna Kailawn, why play based pedagogy is important, and Goal 1 of Preschool 3 i.e Gross and fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, socio emotional development, health and nutrition, hygiene, and safety were covered.
ii) Children become effective communicators in which the importance and how foundation for Language and Literacy will be built, language skills like talking and listening, reading with comprehension and writing with purpose were covered.
iii) Children become Involved Learners and Connect with their Immediate Environment in which Sensory development, cognitive skills, concepts related to environment, and number sense were covered.
iv) Indoor and Outdoor activities in which various activities that can be utilized to address different developmental domains in a child friendly way were covered.