A quick glance at the status of child education in India reflects a very contrasting picture. As per the 2011 census, children below 18 years constitute nearly 37% India’s population. But the sad part is that only 32 students out of every 100 complete their school education at the right age (District Information System for Education data). Further, there are over 15 lakhs schools in the country, but just one teacher for every 1 lakh government elementary and primary school in the country. These numbers just paint the situation in terms of numbers. If we look deeper, we will find that the quality aspect of our education system provide a more worrying story. The concept of mass and rote learning has deprived our children from absorbing even the basic educational concepts. While one one hand we believe that all children should have equal access to education, we deny a large of number of them the intrinsic quality that comes from it. As a result, these children are also restricted from exploring their creative skills. At Gavaksh, our sole focus is to introduce students to a holistic learning framework, which enables them to not just study but more importantly, learn. Here are the five basic models followed in the Gavaksh learning system:
- Crafts: We have made learning crafts an essential part of our education model. Our volunteers hold special sessions on every week which focuses on building products from the scratch, whether it is origami or just patchwork.
- Drawing: Students are encouraged to draw based on their imaginations. We have special arts teachers at our centres who guide kids through the whole process of sketching and painting. We also hold competitions which help students express their creative side.
- Play: A very effective way that Gavaksh has discovered is that children respond to concepts more through action than through theoretical teaching. We hold regular play and theater workshops at our centres to help students explore this activity.
- Interactive sessions: Most of our sessions involve using interactive models for teaching. For instance, if a session focuses on world culture, students might be encouraged to wear or make something related to that particular culture.
Outdoor activity: It is a well known fact that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy…or girl. We frequently take our students out for short knowledge trips or competitions.