A special teacher training program on the use of art-based tools for the emotional well-being of children and the improvement of their academic performance has been launched in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. .
The School Education Directorate of Kashmir and Jammu Divisions has collaborated with Piramal Foundation (Kaivalya Education Foundation) and Red Pencil Humanitarian Mission to launch the Arts Based Capacity Building and Training (ACBT) programme.
“It is a theoretical foundation derived from the framework of collaborative, social and emotional learning that emphasizes self-awareness, social awareness, relational skills, self-management and responsible decision-making “, said an official.
The goal is to improve the overall socio-emotional well-being of students, especially those who cannot verbally express their concerns and grievances, officials said.
It was launched on Saturday jointly by the director of school education of the Jammu and Kashmir divisions, Ravi Shankar Sharma and Tasaduq Hussain Mir.
Officials said the initiative will train 150 teachers, 75 each from Jammu and Kashmir divisions in the first phase.
On the importance of advising students and how art therapy could equip teachers with the skills needed to ensure the holistic development of children, Sharma said the ACBT project would be useful in remote areas such as Poonch, Kishtwar and Reasi.
Mir said ACBT would go a long way in helping the budding generation administer their thoughts so that they can learn in a free and fair environment.
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