The aim of the mentoring programme is to develop a conceptual understanding with support from the resources available in AHALYA KAILASH JYOTSNA, MEMORIAL CHARITABLE TRUST engage in reflective teaching pedagogy and connect science with daily life. Teachers here essentially work as mentors and teaching is conducted through modelling. Here girls get the opportunity to share their doubts without any hesitation and satisfy their curiosity through think-pair-share methods for a sustained period with mentors. Demonstration of simple experiments on basic topics such as air, water, simple machines, magnetism, and force etc. are also an integral part of mentoring. AHALYA offers a learning platform for girls who learn to perform these simple experiments on their own. Gradually children begin to get exposure to Science and Mathematics and conduct many experiments to make their understanding better. The real experience they gain through experiments becomes a learning experience for them. The focus remains on conceptual understanding in a local context and its application. The mentors’ focus more on ‘How to Learn’ rather than ‘What to Learn’.
Students also perform various activities with the help of available resources which helps them in gradually developing the understanding of the subject. The medium of story and art are also used for developing an interest in children. Hands-on science activities provide girls with the opportunity to engage multiple senses at one time. They draw and write what they see, think, feel, and touch. Based on these experiences, girls compose stories and poems related to science and Maths e.g. stories and poems on magnetism, force etc. These poems and stories develop their creative expression, explorative nature and give them an opportunity to express and discuss important issues and those that extend beyond the classroom into their lives, communities, and the world.
Student’s curiosity and their instinct to inquire, explore and discover gets further encouragement and support from the mentoring programme which manifests in the improvement of their self-confidence and enhance their analytical skills. Students are now able to create working and non-working models for district-level Science and Mathematics fair and are confident enough to explain the these to community and visitors.