The arts integrated capacity building residential training is a strategy to motivate teachers, engage with them in their teaching, and promote their pedagogical strength. This training is an approach to include local resources and communities and to bring in lived experiences into the classroom. The aim is also to drive the holistic enhancement of student and teacher performance in schools. Teachers do not have to be artists for an arts integration approach to be successful. But these trainings will provide professional development from experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have an understanding of arts integration, curriculum and instruction, administrative know-how of an arts integration programme, school reform, stakeholder engagement, and diverse community populations.
‘Yatra’ – a block level event – is designed to enable extensive showcase and dissemination of Kali Kalisu projects and its outcomes within Karnataka. At an identified block level, IFA teacher and artist grantees will travel to other schools and share their work and generate new ideas in teachers towards arts education. Every ‘Yatra’ will include theoretical and practical sessions.
The Exposure visit is another capacity building initiative to expand the horizons of teachers and allow them to learn through experiences. The benefits that are derived from exposure visits are hands-on, real-world experiences, positive attitudes to arts and motivation towards the subjects, the encouragement of socialisation between students, which would roll over into the classroom, and the development of rapport between teachers and students.
In addressing contexts, concepts and practice, seminars attempt to articulate the meaning and role of the arts in an understanding of a broad-based quality education. It will look at making education richer, more meaningful and fun.
Testimonials from Participants of Training Workshops, Block Level Events, Grantees and Exposure visits
“The training introduced us to the arts, which in turn, training modules helped us explore.”
Vijayakumar, Head Master, Model School, Kalaghatagi, Dharwad.
“The relationships I developed with the faculty and my peers were completely transformative and something that will guide my work for years.”
Poornima, Head Mistress, Government High School Kuruvinakoppa, Dharwad.
“I like to create things, be an actor, dance, sing and make music. Participating in the Kali Kalisu training workshop has enhanced my ability and fear to overcome stage fright in a play or while delivering a talk.”
Savitha Kambar, Assistant Teacher, Government High School, Yadagir.
“There is great value in learning how to draw, paint, sculpt and create films. The dance, music and theatre techniques brought confidence and public speaking skills.”
Baby Biradar, Assistant Teacher, Bidar.
“This training is different from the others… Each session imparted a distinct form of knowledge and engaged us in new and varied pathways of learning.”
Gundurao Desai, Assistant Teacher, Government High School, Maski, Raichur.
“Kali Kalisu challenged my earlier ideas on hierarchical structures of leadership, thereby stressing on the importance of empowering and enabling others to lead.”
Sadalagi, Block Resource Coordinator, Savadatti, Belagavi.
“My experience with the event initiated a profound personal journey of self-discovery and awareness with local resources and arts forms.”
Lalita S Naikodi, Assistant teacher, Taluk Level Master Resource Person, Kannada Higher Primary School Kadabi, Savadatti Taluk, Belagavi.
“During a class, I was explaining how mere lines can be used in creating patterns and encouraged them to use their imagination while doing so. I was surprised to see the amazing combinations of line patterns that emerged. It was revealed that it just takes an opportunity and space to think, and to nurture design and art talents in these children.”
Ramesh Narayanarao, an artist grantee.
“The children were encouraged to freely draw on a black surface over a period of time. Eventually, they were asked to draw connections between isolated elements, creating a continuous landscape.”
Meeta Jain, an artist grantee.
“I felt fortunate to have been on a trip to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Here, I was introduced to modern art, the association between western and eastern thinking, and making art out of unused things like a carton, charcoal and many more. I found artistry in every piece of work over there. The Biennale not only provided space for the artists’ intelligence but also foregrounded viewer perceptions. Moreover, it was able to create an introduction of unique art forms for a newcomer like me.”
T Devendrappa, Subject Inspector, Office of Commissioner of Public Instructions, Kalaburgi Division, Kalaburgi.
“I would proudly say that Bhopal tour organised by IFA was one of the most memorable chapters of my life. The way the tour was handled from the beginning to the end, the guidance given to us, will last forever. I can also not forget and truly appreciate the detailed explanations given to us by the IFA officials at every stage.”
Gundurao, Teacher, Government High School, Maski, Raichur District.