Mumbai teacher uses comic books to make history come alive

Historians in the News

At Vishwajyot High School in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, students in the sixth grade love their history lessons. Not surprising, given that their study material includes the Amar Chitra Katha comic books.

During history class, students eagerly pore over comic strips of historical periods, enact characters of emperors and tyrants, and have animated discussions on the subject. From being a drudgery history has become fun.

"Kids always find history dull and boring. I was wondering how to make the subject more exciting, when I chanced upon the Amar Chitra Katha comics at a book store and was convinced that the comic-strip format and visuals were just the thing," says school principal Sushma Dhumal.

When Dhumal introduced the novel teaching aid in class V last year, the response was enthusiastic. "The same batch, which has moved up to class VI, continues to learn from the comics," she says. "If we find the experiment successful, we hope to introduce it to classes V to VII."
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