|B a L A - Building as Learning Aid||i-B a L A - Inclusive-Building as Learning Aid|
|for developing Model Schools of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Gujarat|
BaLA (Building as Learning Aid) is aninnovative concept towards qualitative improvement in education, through developing child-friendly, learning and fun based physical environment building in school infrastructure.
This concept was originally developed byVinyas, Centre for Architectural Research & Design with support from UNICEF. It is now implemented across the state in all districts in more than 1620 Model Schools, since 2006 by SSA Gujarat. SSA Gujarat has trained its large team civil engineers at district and block level, several teachers and Head Masters of schools have been trained to plan, implement and effectively use the BaLA concept in Model schools. While government may have limited resources, the demand for making or converting schools to Model schools with BaLA is growing by day.
What is BaLA ?
|BaLA is a way to holistically plan and use the school infrastructure. It incorporates the ideas of activity based learning, child friendliness and inclusive education for children with special needs (CWSN). At the core, it assumes that the architecture of school can be a resource for the teaching-learning processes.|
|There are two levels of this intervention:|
|Develop the SPACES to create varied teaching-learning situations|
|Develop the BUILT ELEMENTS in these spaces as teaching-learning aids|
|The Spaces can be|
|Steps and staircase|
|The Built Elements can be|