Government school students in Bengaluru will soon be able to leave their bags at home to participate in activities once a month.
Story so far: Students attending government elementary and secondary schools will soon be able to leave their large luggage at home and take part in exciting learning activities at least once a month. The Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT) has suggested that schools introduce a bag-free day on one Saturday a month as part of the Sambhrama Shanivara project.
- According to the department, the programme has been started as a part of the Kalika Chetarike.
- Children are thrilled about the bag-free day, but teachers seem concerned about their students’ academic development.
Activities planned: DSERT advises students to use the activity books and other resources available on the DSERT website on the bag-free day. As part of the campaign, DSERT has given teachers resources that they can download and print on a number of civic topics.
- The topics covered include solid waste management, gender equality, accessibility for people with disabilities, healthy lifestyles, public services, nutrition and hygiene, and drug awareness.
- They also include topics like security and safety, solid waste management, safe technology use, road safety, and nutrition and hygiene.