Nai Talim

Curriculum designed around use and advocacy of natural building materials for an open learning centre in rural /tribal spaces.

Material: Mud/ Bamboo/ stones Objective to use these materials:

Mosquitoes, the buzzing, biting & annoying insects are one of the oldest species that have seen us through since ages. Not necessarily a malaria or a dengue patient, but anyone who forgot to secure the mosquito net  properly will testify their struggle with a it. Read out more on them.


On face of it, they indeed are EVS activities. When you scratch the surface, you will notice so many other interesting themes (like, surveying, map making, presenting data, creating workable models and prototyping) that come handy in other subjects, emerge on the sidelines of the content explored. Try them out.


Did you know that Gandhiji’s beloved charkha was made of Bamboo !

I was late. I had promised I would reach by 9 AM but by the time I walked through the gate of the Ashram, it was noon. I had sent a SMS about the delay so I was relatively guilt free when I walked through the gate of the school premises. I saw two boys outside the class, they looked sheepish. I asked them in my Marathi-English- “punishment midala ka? “ (Did you get punished?). They shuffled their feet in response. Peeked in to see Sushama taking a class.

Here is a compilation of some useful websites/online links to resources in the area of productive work and pedagogy.

1. Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC)

Dhanaji Nana Vidyalaya, Khiroda. District - Jalgoan, Maharashtra

August 2014

"Skills are needed to succeed in today's world" - Cyrus Vakil, Chairman, Examination Reform System.

Learning Curve has been fortunate enough to be able to reproduce some thoughts on education and the relevance of Gandhiji’s Nai Talim. The excerpts here are reproduced with the kind permission of Digantar, Jaipur. This article was originally published in Hindi in Vimarsh, May 1998, titled ‘Buniyadi Shiksha Ki Prasangikta’. This is the third in the series of lectures held at Digantar (this lecture was held on 10th January 1998). The excerpts below have been translated to English from the same.

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