On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, 47 teachers from across the Country received the National Award by the Ministry of education. Among those 47 teachers, two Odia teachers bagged the National Award making Odisha proud.
TTapas Kumar Mohanty of Bhima Bhoi School for the Blind from Bhubaneswar and Basant Kumar Sahu of Government Upper Primary School at Surasara in Boudh were awarded from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. This first-ever award ceremony which was held through video conferencing on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. It was exceptional to celebrate and honor teachers’ hard work and dedication towards education, especially in this pandemic, where the education system is suffering the most.
As an experienced teacher in the visually impaired School, Tapas Mohanty has dedicated himself to developing practicable and versatile teaching methods for visually impaired students. He has even produced many audiobooks for the children to help them study in higher education levels. It requires a great effort to teach the visually impaired children, and Mohanty has done some outstanding job in achieving success for these children’s education. He is termed as a primary State resource person for promoting such teaching techniques and learning materials for these children. He also has oriented teachers on the use of these practices as a trainer.
Basant Kumar Sahu has tried to make his teaching more delightful and exciting for his school students. He has used some significant innovation of using shadow puppets and string puppets in classroom transactions. He has improved an existing local skill of puppet making as a craft. He then used his puppet skill as learning activities for the school children as it makes the study more interesting for the children, and this will also help them give more attention to the studies. He used puppets to the primary and upper primary school teachers.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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