Current pedagogical approach is focusing more on memorizing the concepts in spite of understanding it along with its application. The core of our initiative is Project-based-learning (PBL) pedagogy which would focus more on experimental, project based and activity based learning bridging the gap between theoretical concepts and its real world application.
At village level we are having many talented local youth - graduate & post graduate students, school students, youth technicians with immense growth potential. In the current education system we could not find any program which is engaging these important human resources – our potential future teachers and educational leaders, into the educational research and development. Through our initiative we are bringing these important human resources into the pedagogical development and its implementation with various Govt. schools and SC-ST hostels.
In the school eco system , there are no fear free spaces and environment where student can practice, experiment or have a hands on activity experience or make innovative projects on their own. There are no spaces where teacher can play a pivotal role of being a facilitator instead of just being a typical lecturer and allow students to do everything by themselves. We will be working on setting up of such fearless and completely student driven learning spaces which are called “Innovation Lab”, in every Govt. Schools, SC-ST hostels and communities.
Plenty of useful open educational resources (OER) are available over the internet. But because of lack of availability and awareness about Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education and lingual barriers rural communities are unable to leverage world’s best OER to its fullest extent. We are promoting use of OER and social networking tools for getting exposure to vast amount of information, opinions of others and getting aware about things happening in the world. This will ensure that the rural students and teachers are in sync with that of the current learning and teaching pedagogy being followed in the world.
In order to develop a sustainable quality education system it is extremely important to have community ownership. Currently local communities-School Management Community (SMC) and Hostel Management Community (HMC), are focusing only on improving the infrastructure in spite of focussing on improving the quality of educations in the Government schools. Our initiative will be working on the development of assessment tool, which SMC & HMC can use to measure the quality of education in schools and hostels and thus help them in understanding the quality of education being imparted inside the system. And enable their active involvement into improving the quality of education of public education system.
We are working on nurturing and capacity building of available educational ecosystem: graduate college students, teachers, school students and local communities are being involved to improve the quality of education inside government schools and SC-ST hostels.
Our approach of building self-sustainable educational eco-system mainly has three major components:
Our research and development effort is to produce valuable qualitative and quantitative data about the educational learning methodology and teaching pedagogy such that it can bridge the gap existing between the worldwide quality educational development and present condition of the rural schools in India. We are working towards renovating available open educational resources according to the rural school needs and infrastructure. Focused research is being carried out to find solutions to the challenges of providing quality education; especially development of project based learning pedagogical approaches keeping Indian context and culture at the center. It’s about mapping existing school curriculum into project-based-learning pedagogy, which asserts that students learn best by experiencing and solving real-world problems. Currently with available graduate volunteer team we are working on in developing project-based-learning modules in six areas: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Civic and Work & Education.
To build a self-sustainable educational ecosystem the active participation from local community will be required. To make that possible we will be involving SMC (School Management Committee) and the local youth. We will be working on making the assessment tool for SMC to assist quality education inside schools which will help them to realize the problem in a much better way and will facilitate their active involvement inside schools. We hope that in future, SMC would be taking the lead in providing necessary support to the graduate fellows and in setting up of Innovation Lab inside School. Apart from community we will also be involving youths in our program by mentoring them and thus capacity building of youth learning hubs and youth entrepreneur at village level. By engaging SMC and local Youth, we want local community to part of initiative in improving the quality of education inside government schools.
The purpose of this is to involve high potential graduates and youth into the educational research program and build the student driven educational environment inside schools. We involve local graduates and post graduates college students, school students and also the local youth technicians in our project-based-learning module development and also in its implementation at rural government schools and govt. SC-ST hostels. This would not only give an opportunity to young students to have a hands on experience about education, but will also enable the effective involvement of local youth resource into quality education program and in preparing quality teachers for the future. Involvement of school student volunteers in developing and implementing modules will help in promoting student driven and peer learning educational environment inside school. Graduate students, Post-Graduate students, local youth technicians and school students get involved in our program through various fellowship, internship and volunteer programs.