Education

Building ‘water intelligence’ in future generations has to begin with home, schools and colleges in this era of formal and structured education. Rema Kumar, a passionate educationist who believes that Education can still be part of the solution writes an open Letter to Parents, Educators and Curriculum Planners.

Dear All,

Isn’t this time of ecological crises a time for active engagement and opportunity for deep involvement, particularly in the field of education, asks Rema Kumar

The revolutionary founder of SECMOL Sonam Wangchuk shares how he, along with a group of like-minded people, transformed the education system in Ladakh.

I am from Ladakh, and to greet you in Ladakhi, I'll say ‘Juley’. And with Juley you can travel to Ladakh, because Juley means Namaste, it means Goodbye, it means thank you, it means Goodnight. All of it. It’s a very well designed word!

Rema Kumar shares her experience of getting her students to reflect on the curriculum given to them by the school system and re-work for themselves more meaningful ways of learning about Mother Earth.

A space to know oneself.A space to grow.A space to experiment.

A space to do what YOU are really passionate about. A space to stumble and fall, make mistakes. A space to make friends.

A space to understand diversity, community and democracy.A space to question, and be questioned.

A space to DO SOMETHING, for the environment, for society, for one’s community.

 

The Purpose:

‘I never let schooling interfere with my education’
Mark Twain

No studies, no regular classes, no exams, tests, and no tension about marks for a whole year! This sounded too good to be true.  On a trek once, Appa told me that I could take a break after completing my Class 10 examinations instead of immediately going to college. I was then 15 years old – he gave me an opportunity to experience life differently and explore my passions and hobbies.

Artist, anti-nuclear activist and puppeteer Shyamali Khastgir feels art is a means to understand interconnections, and in this age of machines, an opportunity to create with our hands….

Today, more than ever before, education needs to be for the future, not only for the present or the past. Education also needs to focus on real life, rather than only on text books and exams.

The Indian Education System, especially the school system is much talked about these days. The CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education) which has made the board exams optional at the 10th grade level may be one step to reduce meaningless rote learning – but we need to focus on what helps make learning more meaningful, relevant and holistic.

Educating children about junk food is all about making the journey of discovery personal to them

Junk food is like an elephant, and most strategies are like blind men. In attempting to connect with a child on an issue like this there are many factors to consider; so many that the average adult can be quite confused and unsure. So how then does a school evolve a policy to counter a market that speaks to the child’s unconscious? Who is to talk to whom?

Today, it is a tough task to teach children what is nutritious food. First of all, it has to be taught not theoretically (doesn’t work), but experientially, by actually eating healthy food as much as possible. The second difficulty is that as adults, we ourselves need to learn a lot – and changing our own food habits is not easy at the best of times. The third difficulty is the plethora of contradictory and confusing information and media hype on the right and wrong foods that we get.