Seeing how enhancing the capabilities of teachers in government schools would directly impact the learning potential of children in rural schools, Essar Foundation organised an abacus training programme for 26 teachers from 13 blocks of Keonjhar district, Odisha.
The use of the abacus arithmetic computation system as a mental development tool is quickly gaining ground in India. The centuries-old system is a proven method of developing a child’s skills.
This is the first of a three-phase training schedule which will be completed when all the eight modules of the training programme are imparted to the trainee teachers over the course of the next six-to-eight months. In the first phase, three modules will be imparted over a period of seven days by expert abacus trainers brought in from Cuttack city by the foundation. The first phase of the training programme will be imparted at the District Institute of Education and Training, Keonjhar; the foundation will provide the training material.
The programme was inaugurated by Kishore Chandra Barik, IAS, on April 20, 2012, at the Durbar Hall of the District Collectorate of Keonjhar. Senior Essar executives, including Dilip Oommen, Managing Director of Essar Steel, and Deepak Arora, Head-CSR, Essar, participated in the inauguration ceremony.