Schools adopt traditional Phad Art as building block of Social Education

‘Phad Se Padh’ is a new art integrated learning initiative by Rooftop – an art led community which allows students to explore the phad art of Bhilwara along with better understanding of social science subjects.

For about a year now about two dozen schools across the country have chosen to learn and use the traditional art work to comprehend their school lessons outside the classroom.The initiative will be implemented in 350 CBSE schools in the next 10 years.

Many students of Bal Bharati School in Delhi’s Pitampura were in awe of the art after attending workshops and learning the patterns and strokes from traditional Phad painters.  

The paintings made by different sets of students in different schools were based on themes such as water conservation, instruments of swaraj, stories of Akbar-Birbal, Kabir ke dohe, Netaji Subhash Bose, medieval history of India, life of Ashoka, history of textiles, evolution of money, Gandhi’s salt satyagraha and so on. The initiative aligns with the New Education Policy 2022 and helps students learn better in school.

According to Deepti Jain, art teacher at Salwan Public School, Gurugram on Cultural awareness and expressing with imagination and clarity in understanding are integral to a child’s development.  Over a period of six months she coordinated with the social science department and helped the students to figure out stories and concepts from the school textbooks.

“The children were encouraged to do deep research on the subject and it led to a content explosion!” She says “The veritable amalgamation of narratives introduced a new pedagogy in the art of storytelling.”

“We had a lot of creative freedom and turned in a series of interesting stories from our Freedom Struggle, just the way our grandmothers used to tell us stories in our childhood,” says Vidushi Agarwal, studying in Adarsh Shiksha Niketan, Delhi.

Images by The Hindu

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