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Example of Initiative: E Rajalakshmi

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Source: TH

 Context: E. Rajalakshmi, a 52-year-old math teacher at Thangalikuppam Panchayat Union Middle School in Kurunjipadi, Cuddalore district (TN), used her own savings to set up a smart lab for students in grades 6 to 8.


The lab is equipped with a projector and computers to facilitate interactive learning. Rajalakshmi raised ₹4 lakh from her own savings to equip the lab. The school has about 143 students. Later on, the local Rotary Club and Village Panchayat also donated.


Features of her teaching:

  • Interactive Learning: A teaching approach that engages students through hands-on activities and technology to enhance their understanding of subjects.
  • Syllabus-based Module: A curriculum designed by a non-governmental organization to align with the school syllabus and facilitate effective learning.
  • Experiential Learning: A teaching method that focuses on learning through direct experience and hands-on activities rather than traditional classroom instruction.


Usage: The example can be used in Governance Questions/ Ethics Questions (to show the values of Initiative, Selflessness, Innovation, Collaboration, and Education Equity for children in rural areas)