Singing exam blues away

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DIFFERENT STROKEs: A group of children studying theorems by humming songs at Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra at Kunjathbail in Mangalore.

Children here study mind-boggling theorems simply by humming a film song or two, remember phone numbers through hand gestures, and dance to learn chapters of English textbooks quite efficiently.

These are students who have been pursuing their education in a very informal way at Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra at Kunjathbail in Mangalore.

Gopadkar, its founder, came up with this novel concept of ‘Swaroopa Alternative Composite Education’ after extensive research and experiments on children for about 17 years. The method not just provides for a joyful learning experience but also assures of 100 per cent result in SSLC exam.

Gopadkar’s idea stands on 10 major techniques –– visual memory art, route map for memory walk, first short notes, final short notes, memory with imagination and comparison, art, divergent thinking, skits, drama and mime, music and ‘kaibhashi mekebhashi’, which enormously helps to improve the memory power.

Gopadkar’s search for an alternative system of education began with his aversion for the present system which is based on rote memory.

“After experimenting on more than 100 children in Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra, I concluded that every child is indeed born genius, but the traditional education system ruins them,” he says.

The Alternative Composite Education is based on the self-study concept with three watchwords, ‘study fest’, ‘give the right of learning in our hands’ and ‘agreement study’.

Gopadkar is confident that his concept will not only make the student a subject expert, but will help the student develop ten talents including master of memory, singing, writing, art, emotional intelligence among others.Encouraged by the success of the experiment at various schools in Dakshina Kannada, Gopadkar has now decided to extend the concept to the rest of the State.

As per the plan, Gopadkar says 3,000 high schools will be chosen for the project implementation and one district will be completely adopted in 2011 after the consensus of the public and the government.

About Swaroopa

Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra is already made a name in the field of education in Mangalore as it has the credit of generating about 40 whiz kids in Swaroopa Vatara. One of its students, Akshatha Swaroopa is all set to create a World Guinness record through her memory skills.

The Vatara is a learning place for children who are deprived of study opportunities.
If the future plans work out, Gopadkar and his team hope to get former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam to unveil the concept officially.
DH News Service

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