The Indian Education Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a recent tweet, from his official Twitter handle, applauded a teacher from Bengaluru for her commendable teaching technique. The teacher developed a style of teaching using Hindu Mythology Epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana, to teach her students about COVID while teaching them grammar lessons.
Lakshmy Ramanathan is an English teacher at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home in Bengaluru. She has found a unique way to introduce children to epics such as Ramayan and Mahabharat by integrating them in lessons.https://t.co/YrqoxcyXcC pic.twitter.com/FcS9T8IKh0— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 16, 2021
Lakshmy Ramanathan an English teacher at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, Bengaluru took to creating a comic strip that would use scenes from the epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. These scenes will have fact-based and thought-provoking questions, as well as, COVID related queries.
Ramanathan said, "Right now, it's like a misfortune has befallen us. So I was wondering if the situation we are facing right now as humans, does that have a parallel in the past? At the same time, as an author, I have always wanted to write about the epics. You know, as they say, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata contain all the stories in the world. So soon, I was convinced that this is the way to interpret the epics — through the lens of the pandemic.”
Ramanathan was helped by her former student Dipra Trehan in putting together the comic. Her student researched traditional art forms of India, like Thanjavur, Madhubani and more for use in the doodles of the comic. The comic strip came out beautifully and the teacher-student duo could not be happier.
In this unprecedented time of distress, especially for the education sector, significant inspiration lies in such small victories. ScooNews admires and cherishes such teachers for their hard work and relentless efforts!
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