Summer Camp with fun-filled, game-based learning to maintain learned skills and develop new ones
Most of us are well-versed with summer camps and the excitement among kids. However, for some kids, summer camp is an alien concept. This is the story of Urala village of Durg district in Chhattisgarh, where the Language and Learning Foundation (LLF), a project partner of Vibha manages a project to improve foundational learning capabilities among primary class government school children. While summer camps are common among private schools, government schools do not have enough support or encouragement to host such events.
Mr. Roshan, who is posted by LLF as a point teacher at government primary school in Urala, worried that the summer break would slow down the learning practice among students. These students had already suffered a huge learning gap due to school closures of 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. While LLF ensured to maintain and sustain the already learned skills of the students, developing new skills was almost at a standstill during this time. LLF proposed an idea of conducting summer camp where students can have fun while learning, and Mr. Roshan jumped on the idea and could not find a better way to give the students a break from regular learning and yet continue their remedials.
A few school volunteers and teachers joined along, and a detailed plan was made to organize a fun-filled, game-based learning experience during the camp. In addition to the students, community members, parents and volunteers were invited to this summer camp. It resulted in a gala learning camp with 150 students and 23 parents high-octane participation in activities like poem recitation, storytelling, drawing, toys making, clay art, role play and other activities.