According to the Education Ministry, “Introducing ‘Santoor’ & ‘Dholak’: New Class 1, 2 Textbooks to Promote ‘Joyful Learning'”

The Ministry of Education introduces new Class 1 and 2 textbooks, such as "Santoor" and "Dholak," aligned with the National Curriculum Framework for the Foundational Stage and NEP-2020, promoting joyful learning experiences for young students. These innovative textbooks mark a shift towards holistic education as envisioned by the NEP-2020.
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These cutting-edge textbooks were created in compliance with the National Curriculum Framework for the Foundational Stage (NCF-FS) 2022 and the NEP-2020. They emphasize the value of play to encourage children to learn with pleasure and delight, as stated by Pradhan during the formal book release at the 58th meeting of the General Council of NCERT.

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Education has launched new textbooks for Class 1 and 2 pupils in an effort to improve enjoyable learning experiences. English will now be taught using the textbook “Mridang,” Hindi using “Sarangi,” and math using “Joyful Mathematics.” The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020’s guiding principles are linked with those of these textbooks, which Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan just unveiled.

The ministry intends to publish these books digitally on the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) website and translate them into various regional languages.

Previously, there were two English textbooks, but now only one remains. The Hindi math textbooks have been renamed “Anandmay-Ganit.”

“These textbooks will ensure a joyful learning experience at the foundational stage and contribute to children’s holistic development, as envisioned by the NEP-2020,” Pradhan continued.

He also emphasized the importance of teacher training in achieving high educational standards and highlighted the need for prioritized training for all beginning teachers to effectively implement the curriculum in classrooms.

These new-generation textbooks for Classes 1 and 2 in Hindi, English, and Mathematics mark the first set of books introduced based on NCF-FS-22. Textbooks for Classes 3 to 12 will be rolled out in the upcoming academic year.

Dinesh P. Saklani, the NCERT director, emphasized that with the release of the books for Classes 1 and 2, all the foundation-level classes under the NEP now have the complete set of instructional materials that were being developed.

In February, the government introduced the game-toy-based curriculum resource called “Jadu ka Pitara” or Magic Box for Nursery, KG-1, and KG-2. It contains 53 different play-toys, posters, and placards.

Officials have prepared draft curricula for Classes 3 to 12, which will be made available to the public in the upcoming weeks. Committees will be established to determine the topics for each subject book.

Previously, the English language books for Classes 1 and 2 were called “Marigold” and “Raindrop,” the mathematics book was titled “Maths Ka Jadoo,” and the Hindi language book was known as “Rimjhim.”

The new Class 1 textbook, “Santoor,” has 19 chapters divided into five sections: Family, Living World, Our Food, Festivals and Fairs, and Green World. It contains famous poems like “Chanda mama door ke,” “Murga bola kudu koon,” and “Wah mere ghode ki chaal.” The previous “Rimjhim” textbook had 23 chapters for Class 1, while the new “Santoor” textbook has 26 chapters for Class 2 Hindi, as opposed to the previous 15 chapters.

Previously, there were two English textbooks for Classes 1 and 2 called “Marigold” and “Raindrop.” Each book comprised ten units and twenty chapters, with “Raindrop” having 19 chapters for Class 1 and “Marigold” containing 15 chapters for Class 2. However, the updated curriculum now includes only one English textbook, titled “Dholak.” It consists of nine chapters for Class 1 and 13 chapters for Class 2, focusing on four areas: Family and Me, Life Around Us, Food, and Seasons.

The former “The Magic of Maths” mathematics textbook has been renamed “Melodious Mathematics,” with 11 themes for Class 2 and 13 topics for Class 1.

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