Essar Foundation has sought to bring about an amalgamation of ‘education’ and ‘entertainment’ in a bid to encourage young students to engage in learning outside the classroom.
Indradhanush, Essar Foundation’s award-winning ‘edutainment’ initiative brings about just that.
Indradhanush is about making seemingly difficult subjects like Science and Maths interesting for young children, using a bouquet of unconventional techniques such as storytelling, digital learning, drama, music, puppetry, origami, films and even adventure sports.
This year, a dedicated Essar Foundation team worked closely with 35 government rural schools in Jamnagar and Devbhoomi Dwarka districts of Gujarat. Experts from 16 resource organizations worked on the theme ‘Science in Everyday Life’ to generate content designed both to educate and entertain at the same time. Children got their hands dirty and created learning experiences for themselves.
Now in its 6th year, the two-day edutainment festival was held on 18th & 19th February. Thirty five schools, 3,200 students from Std IV-VIII, 100 teachers and educators, participated in more than 300 activities, experiments, models and demonstrations over two days. Mr Chimanbhai Saparia, Cabinet Minister, Energy and Agriculture, Govt. of Gujarat, Ms Poonam Madam, Member of Parliament, and Ms Vasuben Trivedi, MLA, Jamnagar, among others were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Some highlights of this year’s event included
- Adventure Zone
- 3D film shows
- Science Maze
- Treasure Hunt
- Pottery and Crafts Workshops
- Take-Home Science Souvenirs
- Superstition Vs Science