Recently, we explored the educational landscape of India. Education in India have a lot of inequalities due to various factors like Infrastructure, resources, money, etc.., Challenging the existing education system and trying to bring a change for education equality is like moving the mountains.
The present education system in India is there in implementation for many years now. The same has been accepted vastly across the country leading to a compete and compare environment in schools and colleges. Forcing a change in the system will be waste of effort. Instead, we can form something in parallel to the existing system as an add-on like after-school programs that can help fix the much needed missing pieces in an existing system like STEM education, Digital, and Life Skills.
The present scenario is worse in rural and under-privileged areas. A couple of days back, the little girl of age 6 came to our place. We asked her to tell me that English alphabets — she was fast and spot on. Then gave her a paper to write the same — she did that too. Next, started dictating words some letters to my surprise she wasn’t able to write. Realized that when asked letters from middle she is not able to recall and write them.
This is a good negative impact of “Traditional Memorization Method”. At most schools, students are being prepared to secure marks, not for knowledge implementation. The scenario is slowly changing with schools in cities, we must agree. The schools started adapting “Knowledge first, Marks Next” ideology as they very well understood “Better knowledge get you better marks”.
Sadly, the scenario remains the same with rural schools due to several influencing factors like infrastructure, teachers attitude, resources available, lack of exposure, etc..,
Out of curiosity, I spoke with a diverse set of professionals who had their grass root education from a rural region. The majority are working in the role that has nothing to do with their actual stream of education. When asked for the reason, all of them went back to the way they taught and learn the thing — “Traditional Memorization Method”.
The learning methodology should be changed to “Learning By Making” that can make learners connected, inclusive and participatory. The big question to be answered is, How are we going to do that?
Some of the educational initiatives in India from Non-profits like Teach For India, Bhumi, Teach For America etc.., providing the platform to connect kids in need of special education and people who want to contribute to the educational space. Recent research had proven, coding skills to kids/youth can improve the skills like creativity, logical-reasoning, problem-solving, innovation and collaboration.
Digital skills and easily affordable portable computing devices like Raspberry Pi 3 can give the chance to get online to explore, experiment, learn and share. Basic knowledge of using Raspberry pis will be a great value for teachers as these devices come along with great educational packages that are community developed and available for free.
It’s all about giving the opportunity once that can trigger the will to explore and learn things of one’s own interest. Making this very simple change itself requires a lot of effort and collaborative work as a team — individual efforts might go in as the waste of effort and/or lesser impact.
To sum up, after-school programs are driven by like-minded people offering digital and coding skills can be a game-changer in the way future generation learn, share and decide their career.
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