Nalanda Resource Center

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world- Nelson Mandela , Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire - William Butler Yeats,   I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework - Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin] ,    The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn - Alvin Toffler ,       Nine tenths of education is encouragement - Anatole France ,       All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth - Aristotle ,         Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual - Arthur Koestler ,          The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men - Bill Beattie ,      A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops - Henry B. Adams


MARGDARSHIKA – Learning Center Establishment & Management Manual

This is a complete user's manual on Alternative Education. The manual is meant for the teachers as well as supervisors, evaluators and program managers of education projects centered on children.

Part I of the manual deals with the issue of alternative education itself, defining its need, scope and boundary. It also details the various steps for setting up alternative education centers.

Part II of the manual outlines the duties of the teachers, supervisors and program staff. It outlines a complete system of management and evaluation for different program areas.


CHAYAN PRAKRIYA PRAROOP - Teacher Selection Process Module
This is an instruction manual for selection of teachers for alternative education centers and schools. The selection of the potential teachers is very important as the success of a program, to a large extent, depends on them. The selection module is operated through a one day workshop.

Rang Tarang- Entry Phase Material
This is an entry phase material for teachers working with primary level. The book has a good collection of games, poems, stories and activites to attract children.

 UMANG - Foundation Training Module

A Trainer's Manual for introductory training of Teachers of alternative education centers and primary schools. 

This manual is a complete training manual aimed at a ten-day foundation training of teachers of alternative education centers and primary school teachers. The training schedule designed for the module makes the teachers competent in joyful learning. Issues like social hierarchy, the needs for alternative education, the scope of education in overcoming various dogmas and superstitions etc. are explained through easy games and exercises. Special focus has been given on gender discrimination. At the same time issues like development and management of alternative education centers and schools, methods of teaching, pupil evaluation, better interaction with children and parents and community participation have been dealt with effectively with the help of easy examples, games and exercises. The training module also includes methods for using the workbook Rang Tarang which has been developed for those children who are being introduced to formal learning for the first time.


SAMVARDHAN - Textbook Based Training Manual

A series of three training modules have been developed for primary school teachers for teaching the children of Class I, II and III. Each training module is designed for six days and introduces the teacher to specific curriculum and books developed by NALANDA for its use in primary schools, namely, the Rang Tarang, series of workbooks – Hansi-Khushi (language), Hisab-Kitab (mathematics) and Jano Samjho (environmental science).

In Part I of Samvardhan, teachers are trained to use language and number primers on the basis of textbooks “Hansi-Khushi” and “Hisab-Kitab” for Class I. The basic difficulties faced while teaching language or explaining abstract concepts, like numbers, are tackled in this module with the help of simple activities. The importance of communication skills has been emphasized and the teachers are encouraged to interact with children as well as the community.

Part II is designed for the teachers for teaching children of Class II. It is based on the second series of Hansi-Khushi and Hisab-Kitab.

 Part III of the schedule targets teachers for teaching children of Class III. The use of Hansi-Khushi, Hisab-Kitab and Jano Samjho has been explained in the training module with the help of simple joyful activities. This module also instructs the teachers to prepare the children for further education in mainstream schools.

UDAAN - Curriculum Based Training Module

The course has been developed as a component of an intensive residential training program spread over a period of forty days conducted in three phases, for teachers of primary schools. The training manual includes not only pedagogy and teaching methods but also positive evaluation methods which would encourage the child to be the focus of learning.

Part I of the module is the foundation training course of fifteen days. It basically focuses on the methods of communication, class management and teaching methods. Apart from these it also aims at value orientation of the trainees so that they are able to sensitively deal with students who come from different social backgrounds. The students, who come to the school from poorer sections of society, have special learning and emotional needs. The teachers are sensitized towards these needs and special emphasis is laid on issues of gender discrimination prevailing in the society. Education is envisaged as the tool to fight social discrimination and dogmas prevailing in society. These issues have been brought forward through group activities, games and plays.

Part II of the module is stretched over fifteen days. It is more subjects specific and focuses on the teaching of Hindi, Mathematics and Environmental Science. It targets the teachers of Class II and III.

Part III of the module is a ten days Refreshers Training module for the teachers of Class III, IV and V.  Research among children of these classes has revealed certain specific learning needs. It focuses on the hard spots of teaching - those spots which have been generally identified as areas where the students as well as teachers face maximum difficulty. The training module addresses such specific needs apart from following the standard curriculum set for the above mentioned classes.

Life Skill Development Training Module

This is a three-day training module for the teachers/NGO members working on the educational issues of adolescent girls from rural areas. This training is based on the teacher’s manual developed by Nalanda for the teachers teach life skill subjects to adolescent girls. Simultaneously in this training how to use the book developed for Jivan Kaushal for the adolescent girls is discussed.

Gender Perspective Building Training Module

This is a three-day training module for the teachers/NGO members for gender education perspective building.

Multigrade-Multilevel Teaching Technique Training Module

This is a three-day training module for the teachers working on the educational projects.