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Case Study by Students of St. Paul's School, Rourkela - SUPW
1 . Introduction
SUPW may be described as purposive and meaningful manual work, resulting in either goods or services which are meaningful to the society. Basically SUPW aims at bringing out humanity in the students .It is indeed a very good addition at schools. This activity was very important for preparing us for our future. While most private schools barring a few have dispensed with the subject, it remains an ancillary, but mandatory part of course curriculum in schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), which conducts two examinations in India: the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC). It is also taught in some Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, which includes all Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools. Recommending education through craft, Mahatma Gandhi said, "..The core of my suggestion is that handicrafts are taught not merely for production work but for developing intellect of the pupils". This idea was taken forward by the Kothari Commission (1964–66), which suggested introduction of 'work experience' in education. Subsequently, after the recommendations of 'Ishwarbhai Patel Committee' (July, 1977), which first coined the term 'Socially Useful Productive Work' or SUPW, the subject was first introduced to the school curriculum in 1978, by Ministry of Education, Government of India.

In addition to developing individual skills, SUPW aims to help develop among the students the habit to work as a community, encourage community thinking, increase awareness of scientific advancements and develop a scientific outlook. The training acquired in the classroom is expected to help students to solve day-to-day problems of the community.

SUPW activity is usually done in the months April and May. We were guided by Mr. Sujit Ghose and Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Rath, members of “Child help organization”. Child help organization aims at helping less fortunate children in their studies and lifestyle by providing them with free education, Toys and Books.

Work Education is viewed as purposive and meaningful manual work organized as integral part of the learning process resulting into goods or services useful to the community. The competencies to be developed in this field should include knowledge, understanding skills and values through need based life activities. Work Education helps the pupils to –

a) Develop respect for manual work and regard for manual workers.
b) Inculcates socially desirable values such as self-reliance, helpfulness, cooperativeness team work, perseverance, tolerance etc.
c) Develop proper work habits and values such as regularity, punctuality, discipline, honesty, efficiency, love of excellence and dedication to duty.
d) Develop self-esteem and confidence through achievements in productive works and services.
e) Develop a deeper concern for environment and a sense of belongingness, responsibility and commitment to the society.
f) Develop awareness of socio- economic problems of the society.
g) Appreciate the utility of Productive work and services to the community. Hence utmost importance is to be given by the authority for effective implementation of Work Education in the Vidyalaya and also the parents and the society is involved suitably for the proper implementation of Work Education in every Vidyalaya.
We are indeed very obliged to our school for making us take part in the activity. This activity turned out to be very memorable for us. We thank  Mr.Sujit Ghose and Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Rath  for guiding us in a unique way. Indeed SUPW is a very socially useful and Productive work.

By-Prateek Kar and Vipul Narayan ( Batch -2015-16)

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