NCERT Comic Books & Modules for Joyful Learning and Enhancing Digital Outreach for Education. Union Education Minister launched over 100 comic books created by teachers and students of CBSE schools and curated by the NCERT. The comics can be accessed online on DIKSHA web portal (diksha.gov.in) or via the DIKSHA app on any android Smartphone. The comics can also be accessed through a new WhatsApp powered Chatbot, which presents an opportunity to expand the scope of digital learning.
The comics are aligned with topics of National Council of Educational Research and Training, NCERT textbooks and have specific storyline and characters, which students and teachers can relate to. Each comic has been divided into smaller topics supported by worksheets and it dovetails with the learning objectives and outcomes. It has been created in a linear progression, which will help to understand basic concepts and decrease the learning gaps.
While deconstructing the academic content, care has been taken to address issues of gender sensitivity, women empowerment, value education among other life skills. NCERT Comic Books 2021 – Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India in its endeavor to provide holistic learning to students and to usher in vision envisaged in New Education Policy 2020 has launched comic books aligned to chapters of NCERT textbooks. Hon’ble Minister of Education launched 100+ comic books created by teachers of CBSE affiliated schools and curated by NCERT on 24th March 2021.
This innovative initiative will help in increasing the cultural and social sensitivity in our children while imparting knowledge. The National Education Policy 2020 envisions a shift from textbook learning to understanding concepts and making connections with real world/day-to-day activities. It also gives further impetus to all creative and out of the box thinking than rote learning. Hence, in this context, comic books aligned to chapters of NCERT textbooks across grades 3-12 have been developed as innovative pedagogical resources.
The comic books have been developed for 16 subjects by teachers of various CBSE affiliated schools across the country. The comics are aligned with topics of NCERT textbooks and have specific story line and characters which students and teachers can relate to. Some of the key features of these comics are:
- Divided into smaller topics supported by worksheets and it dovetails with the learning objectives and outcomes.
- Application based examples to understand concepts and decrease the learning gaps.
- While deconstructing the academic content; care has been taken to address issues of gender sensitivity, women empowerment, value education among other life skills.
These comics can be accessed online on DIKSHA web portal (diksha.gov.in) or via the DIKSHA app on any android smartphone. On DIKSHA App, after downloading and creating a user profile, a learner can – select CBSE/NCERT board from dropdown and then select relevant grade and access subject wise comic books. The comics can also be accessed through DIKSHA’s Chatbot on WhatsApp.
The WhatsApp Chatbot presents a unique opportunity to expand the scope of digital learning. It presents a menu of options pertaining to digital learning and training on DIKSHA from which the user needs to select Comic Books and the relevant grade to start learning. The comic books have ushered in transformation of education to personalized learning, as the 21st century schooling focuses on knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and transformative competencies, that create holistic learners.
The learner profile of each child needs transformation across every learning stage and age. It is hoped that teachers and students utilize these valuable resources for a joyful learning experience. It is due to the hard work and contributions of CBSE affiliated schools and the combined effort of over 1000 teachers from different departments and parts of the country. WhatsApp India team has helped in enabling the chatbot. Making comic books accessible through technology enabled solutions like WhatsApp, digital learning initiatives are helping the cause of reaching education to the remotest of geographies.