By Arré Bench Sep. 01, 2020
Roohi Sultana, a teacher from Kashmir, has been nominated for the National Teachers Award. The 49-year-old has turned empty wrappers, plastic boxes, sawdust, and tea leaves into teaching tools. Her innovative teaching method is a hit with students who can’t afford notebooks.
Learning never stops, so the maxim goes. And Roohi Sultana, a teacher from Kashmir, embodies this principle with her approach to education, by discovering innovative ways to teach students in her classroom as well as continuing to impart lessons online through the lockdown. Sultana has been nominated for the National Teachers Award 2020, along with 47 other educators, to receive the prestigious honour at a ceremony presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind on September 5, Teacher’s Day.
Meet Roohi Sultana, a govt school teacher in #Kashmir who collects scrap to teach poor students & uses play way method to teach her students has been selected for National Teachers Award 2020. 1/n @islahmufti @zoo_bear @pzfahad @PankajPachauri @khanumarfa @TahirsyeedK @parawahid pic.twitter.com/pabFxVkyB2
— SARIA WANI (@SariaW) August 25, 2020
Sultana, who is 49 years old, incorporates recycled material into her lessons, turning empty wrappers, plastic boxes, sawdust, and tea leaves into teaching tools. Speaking to The Print, Sultana said, “Used plastic covers of wheat flour can be used to write for practice. I write nouns, and word-meaning on used bottles. I write words on toffee rappers and ask kids to arrange them. I also create shapes and letters from sawdust and dried tea leaves while using them as clay.” Incorporating art and play-based learning into her teaching methods, Sultana’s methods are a hit with students, especially those who might find the cost of notebooks and registers prohibitive.
Kashmir teacher, who uses scrap material to educate poor kids, selected for national award
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Sultana has been a teacher since 2008, and has continued to impart learning even through the lockdown. Working as a content creator for the Board of School Education, Kashmir, Sultana produces radio education programmes that aid in distance learning and community education. These measures have been a boon for students in areas with poor internet connectivity in Kashmir.
Meet Roohi Sultana, a Govt school teacher of Nowshere of Srinagar who have been selected for National Award for Teachers 2020.
— Zubair Alvi (@Alvi_Zubair45) August 25, 2020
After being selected for the National Teachers Award, Sultana dedicated the victory to her peers in the teaching fraternity as well as her students, who come from classes 1 to 8. Sultana sets an inspiring example of how education can take place in any setting, not just formal classrooms and lecture halls.