Rajasthan government has taken a program into motion named “Joyful Saturday” under that there will be no bag after recess on 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This “Joyful Saturday” is part of ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’. The initiative is put into the play to teach students mathematics, languages and environment in practical and playful manner. This will help them to keep things in mind. This will help students in becoming more creative and will sharpen their skills.
On Saturdays, the department shall conduct activities like debate, poetry recitation, story writing, acting in play and recitation of stories pertaining to lives of great people. The co-curricular activities will be conducted in the second half of the school time table for which the students won’t need heavy schoolbags.
Students will be divided into three batches from class 1 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. A provision of Rs 1,000 per school has also been made for the purchase of items needed to organize the fun activities, the circular issued by Shivangi Swarnkar, state project director of the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan said.
Purpose of Joyful Saturday:
Development of creative skills
Communication skills and participation
Integrity Meditation and Ability
Development of Values
Such activities known as co-curricular activities were seen till now mainly in private schools. In government schools too such activities have been carried out in past. For the first time, however, specific days have been fixed for these activities.