Pradeep Pattanayak

The Anganwadi centre at Khalingi village under Sanakhemundi block in Ganjam district is like a normal Anganwadi centre with brass knobs on. 

While there has been playschool trend everywhere, this Anganwadi centre has everything to give playschools a run for their money. 

Here too students are learning through dancing, singing and amusement with no hold barred. And the villagers and parents are also happy with the way their children are being taught. 

Geetanjali Lenka and Rajlaxmi Swain, the two Anganwadi workers posted at the centre, have to be thanked for this. They say they are singing and dancing to make the students’ stay in the centre interesting. They added that they use the method of storytelling and singing to make the students understand the subjects better. 

The pair is happy that their tricks to improve attendance worked because the centre has been witnessing cent percentage of attendance. 

“My teachers are teaching me through singing songs, dancing and telling stories. We enjoy a lot here,” says a child while reciting songs she has learnt from her teachers. 

“We are teaching the students through games, song and dance. This makes the learning process easier and at the same time, helps improve their mental and physical strength. Moreover, the students enjoy their stay in the centre,” says Rajalaxmi Swain, an Anganwadi worker.

“Our school is in no way inferior to play schools. The passed-out students of our school are doing well in other institutions,” Swain added. 

Echoing the same, another Anganwadi worker Geetanjali Lenka says, “Initially, the children were reluctant to come to the centre. But now they are eager to attend classes.”

Another teacher Ananta Kumar Senapati, popularly known as Ananta Sir, is also famous among his students at Rajgangpur block colony for the same reason. He teaches his students at Rajgangpur Block Colony Primary School through dancing. A video of him teaching his students through dancing has too gone viral. 

(Reported by Jagannath Sahu from Ganjam’s Khalingi, OTV)