NEP 2020/NCF 2022 and Katha: A Synergistic Educational Approach
September 5, 2023
The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), now integrated with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2022, envisions a holistic transformation of the education system in India with “Panchaadi” approach. In parallel, Katha, a pioneering educational initiative, has crafted a pedagogical approach known as ASBL (Active Story Based Learning) also known as “TADAA,” which beautifully resonates with the principles embedded in NEP 2020/NCF 2022.
Adhiti (Introduction) – Similar to THINK and ASK: Both NEP 2020/NCF 2022 and Katha emphasize the importance of inquiry-based learning. In the “Adhiti” phase of Katha’s approach, children gather information by asking questions and exploring. Similarly, the NEP/NCF encourages students to think critically and ask questions as part of their learning process. Katha’s “THINK” aligns perfectly with this idea, where children read stories and ask questions based on prior knowledge, fostering curiosity and active engagement. The “ASK” component in Katha mirrors the NEP/NCF’s emphasis on students asking relevant questions to deepen their understanding.
Bodh (Conceptual Understanding) – Similar to DISCUSS: NEP 2020/NCF 2022 underscores the significance of understanding core concepts. In Katha’s “Bodh” phase, children delve into conceptual understanding through self-reading, with teachers guiding the process. This resonates with the NEP/NCF’s focus on discussions to enhance understanding. The “DISCUSS” element in Katha encourages students to engage in meaningful conversations about the concepts they’ve learned, promoting collaborative learning.
Abhyas (Practice) – Similar to ACT: Both Katha and NEP 2020/NCF 2022 recognize the value of practice and application. Katha’s “Abhyas” phase reinforces conceptual understanding and skills through practice, mirroring NEP/NCF’s intent. The “ACT” component in Katha encourages students to take concepts further by actively applying their knowledge, ensuring that learning is not confined to theory.
Prayog (Application) – Similar to Prasar (Expansion) and ACHIEVE: Application of knowledge is a central theme in NEP 2020/NCF 2022. Katha’s “Prayog” phase aligns with this by encouraging students to apply concepts in their everyday lives. Moreover, “Prasar” in Katha reflects the importance of sharing knowledge, mirroring NEP/NCF’s emphasis on collaboration. The ultimate goal of becoming “reader leaders” in Katha embodies the NEP/NCF’s vision of students achieving their full potential and contributing positively to society.
In essence, Katha’s ASBL (Active Story Based Learning) “TADAA” pedagogical approach seamlessly intertwines with the “Panchaadi” principles and objectives of NEP 2020/NCF 2022.
Together, they pave the way for a transformative and student-centric education system in India, where inquiry, critical thinking, and practical application are at the forefront of learning, empowering students to become lifelong learners and leaders in a dynamic world.