.education for all

A tool kit to empower students and build confidence in them

Research

After studying the teaching methods in the government schools, a strong point that emerged was that our inital observations about teaching practices were wrong. Despite above average teaching standards, learning wasn’t necessarily happening. Further investigation and research revealed that the lack of confidence in students was the biggest culprit. Existing orders and systems are not aligned to develop confidence in students.

To increase confidence, research suggests that the following topics need to be a part of the formal education system.

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Failure & Vulnerability
  • Respect for the environment
  • Cleanliness
  • Teamwork
  • Basic Banking
  • Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Meditation

Proposal

A toolkit based on Sugato Mitra’s work which is popularly known as ‘Hole in the Wall’ or MIE (Minimally Invasive Education) was introduced. This toolkit consists of a instruction guide and activity cue cards. Both assets come in English and Marathi. The instruction guide is as below followed by the cue cards.

What is Minimally Invasive Learning

Minimally Invasive Education stems from the idea that was tested across India and the world, which was, students in the age group of 6 to 13 years do not have to be taught how to use computers. Mitra went onto study further to find out that children self instruct, teach and share knowledge with each other when planted with a seed such as a source of learning. Giving them the ability to make mistakes, learn and teach themselves (something that they do naturally) greatly benefits them.

Here's his TED Talk (personal favourite*)


Product Design

How to use this took kit

First and foremost, areas around the school need to be designated for a particular activity. This toolkit has 9 cards thus there should be 9 designated areas with the respective material required for the activity to continue. The whole class can engage in one particular activity as well. In such case the 9 designated areas could have the same material cues.

After the material cues have been provided to the groups, the teacher is expected to let the children be and allow them to explore. Note - Avoid any material that could be harmful to the student.

The teacher should use what is called the grandmother technique - just encourage the student if the reach out to you during their activities - Kindly do not interfere unless necessary.