Jumpstart is back… and this year, the event is also coming to Bangalore. We are also happy to announce that Pratham Books is also collaborating with German Book Office New Delhi’s ‘JUMPSTART: Play is Fun’ as a Knowledge Partner. JUMPSTART will be held on 25th,26th August in New Delhi and on 28th August in Bangalore.
It’s all about play this year at Jumpstart!
Play is fun, Playing is one of the first things children do.
It is how they discover themselves and their world. As adults engaged in creative work, we find that play holds within it the promise of inspiration, change, leisure, jouissance, lateral thinking and sometimes subversion.
In Jumpstart 2014 we look at ways in which we – as writers, illustrators, artists, storytellers, designers- creators in general, can play in the process of creating content for children- Whether it be writing a book, illustrating, animating or creating a game. What makes play possible? How do we play with words and pictures in making books for children? What does playing mean in an everyday learning environment and how is it useful? We hope to explore play in all its polysemy- the gaming of play- domestic, public and virtual spaces of sport and leisure and the embodiment & practice of play.
We want to bring together experts from the books, media, education and creative industries to create a dialogue and explore the different facets of play and its intersections with storytelling, imagination technology and reality that will translate into better content for children.
Pratham Books is also hosting a workshop for teachers on 26th August (9.30am-12.30pm).
This is the one thing that we don’t have to learn. This is the one thing that we all have a natural propensity for and it is the one thing that we all enjoy-the act of play. It is a universal thread in all human development regardless of race, class, region and belief system.
Educational planners and practitioners in India have also used play and activity as a scaffolding for children to achieve learning objectives in the early grades. Are there some experiences that are unique to our country? What are the points of convergence and divergence with the variegated cultural practices and beliefs around childhood ? Where are the interfaces between learned theory and actual situations on the ground ? What are the challenges in implementing play-based classroom activities In overcrowded multilingual classrooms where materials may be scarce? How does play get transformed in a multi-grade classroom? Can such challenging situations that may be common in resource poor schools, be turned into opportunities for greater sensitivity and a more holistic definition of education?
The Pratham Books-Jumpstart session on Aug 26, 2014 will give a hands-on opportunity to explore such questions and more. Eminent academics, Dr Asha Singh Associate Professor Lady Irwin College and Ms Amukta Mahapatra, Director, Schoolscape will lead a workshop for early grade teachers on the use of play in learning. The backdrop of theory will be lit up by incandescent questions from real practice. The participants will get a chance to work in groups to try out fresh ideas with the benefit of expert facilitation. It will be experiential learning at its best…because after all, it will all be child’s play
to view the schedule and to register for the programme.