The term LLL refers to Language, Logic and Life Skills. It has been recognized by educationists that proficiency in the language (medium of instruction in the school) is basic to the learning of a child. Unfortunately because of over emphasis on “writing” vis-a-vis “reading”, education has resulted in boredom and disinterest in the child (in the primary school). This has led to most children falling behind and are unable to follow the lessons taught by the teacher in the class. To address this problem, we have encouraged children to read their favorite story books, and have accordingly provided a large number of such books (appropriate to their age). Since students in govt. schools mostly cannot afford to purchase books, we have started a small library (Bala Grandhalayam) in each school by providing story books, magazines & news papers and a box to store them. This library is maintained by a student volunteers committee for one hour daily before the school commences in the morning as well as in the classes when a teacher is on leave. Although government has provided a large number of books to each school under the “Sarva Sikha Abhiyan” program, they remain under lock and key with the Head Master and are rarely issued to the students. There is also a misconception both among the parents and teachers that reading non-academic books is a waste of time. This has to be changed if the students have to acquire an interest, initially in reading (anything of their interest) and gradually transfer this interest to what is being taught in the class.
All human beings have an innate sense of mathematics (e.g. in estimating distances and time) even if they are formally illiterate. However it is observed that most children in govt. schools are afraid of maths, and consequently fail in the exams. This has mostly to do with how maths is being taught in these schools. Instead of systematically acquiring the logic of basic arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) mentally, students are forced to learn them by rote, which prevents them extrapolating their learning to new contexts and for practical applications that are useful in their daily life (e.g. measurement of a patch of land in their village). Hence we advocate ‘Logic’ based learning of mathematics, instead of multiplication tables based one. After introducing this method, we have observed a sea change in the attitude of children towards maths and their attainment of the relevant skills.
This logic based approach is implemented in a school through a committee of student volunteers (Bala Ganitham Committee), who are trained by us. They conduct simple logic-based tests for their classmates for about 10 minutes each day, with the help of a teacher in the school.
To overcome the ‘digital divide’ in our society in future; it is essential for all children to develop an interest in logically understanding the concept and apply them later in their work / employment contexts.
The third “L” relates to life skills is addressed through “Bala Sabha”.