Imphal, May 16,
Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said that telling the tales of folktales to the students can intrigue their interest towards school. He asserted that the folktales are the treasures of moral values and lessons that need to be instilled to the young minds to enhance their conduct.
The Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the 7 – Day Workshop on Folktales & Its Educative Values for Elementary School Teachers, organised by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Government of Manipur, held at the Nambol Higher Secondary School, Nambol. He urged that all of the 50 participating teachers should tell a folktale to each other during the training session so that they could imbibe themselves the art of telling stories for sake of the students.
He said, the workshop would help in reinstating the old age tradition of telling stories from folktales (Phunga-wari) to the children and generations to come, if not at home but at school. Teachers, he asserted, have a very important role to play in shaping the society. Every trade that every individual practice, he added, is because of a teacher. He stressed that the children are always in one way or the other talented, it is the teacher who should discover such innate qualities in children, to make them a successful educated citizen.
He appealed the entire teaching fraternity to carry out their duty with interest and love and insisted that the school must be made a place for attraction for children. He asked the teachers to be innovative to mentor and guide the young mind to make the learning and teaching motivating to encourage the student to come to school and attend their class. He asked the teachers to apply visual teaching to make learning fascinating.
Zonal Education Offcier Bishnupur Nepram Tikendrajit Singh speaking as Guest of Honour said that the workshop on the importance of folktales is a relevant topic to re-establish the moral lessons filling the void of moral science that was once a subject.
The first session of the workshop is being conducted by Prof. H Bihari as resource person. The inaugural programme was attended by dignitaries, principal of the school, concern officials, teachers and students.
It may be mentioned that the workshop on Folktales & Its Educative Values is being carried out to revive the traditions and significances of folktales, a wealth of lessons to be learnt that would help in grooming the young children in becoming a more refined.