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1,000 selected for ‘Illam Thedi Kalvi’ undergo training | Madurai News

Madurai: Nearly 1,000 volunteers have been selected for the first phase of the ‘Illam Thedi Kalvi’ scheme in Madurai. The volunteers underwent a two-day training programme and now they will begin classes for school students on a pilot basis.
“The selection of volunteers continues to be underway and it is based on their performance in aptitude, psychometric tests and approval from the school management committees (SMCs). Preference is given for women volunteers. The training programme is not only aimed at teaching methodology but also to motivate volunteers to be socially committed and be sensitized about the aim of the scheme as well,” said N Thirugnanam, additional district programme officer, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Madurai.
S Mahalakshmi, a volunteer who took part in the programme held at the Pandian Nedunchezhian Corporation School on Thursday said that she is keen to start teaching students. “I’m a special educator with my son also being a special child. While I have experience dealing with special children, teaching regular school students is new for me. It’s nice to learn something new and make use of more activity-based teaching to keep the children engaged,” she said.
Education department officials said that classes will begin after school likely by next week and the scheme will first be implemented in slum areas in the first phase.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the awareness campaign by folk artists for the scheme was flagged off by the Madurai district chief educational officer (CEO) R Swaminathan and ‘Illam Thedi Kalvi’ scheme state-level committee member Kalirajan at S Puliyankulam Government Higher Secondary School in Thirupparankundram on Thursday.

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