A child’s first moment of interaction with the real world requires the child to exercise learning: learning to breathe, learning to survive.
Looking at the success rate of 7.5 billion humans we can claim without any doubts that we are champion learners by birth.
Then why educate a learner?
“Education in the largest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values.”
Repetitive formative effects of the acts and experiences shape and mold an individual in the way he/she thinks, believes, views, feels, acts and reacts in the society to:
- Simply reproduce learning/knowledge to contribute and maintain the harmony in the ecosystem
- Challenge the existing norms with radical thinking and bring about shifts in mindsets
- Be curious, question, solve and innovate for the betterment of people and society
- Find synergies beyond walls of stereotypes, break thought barriers and contribute towards world view and humanity.
Education is thus a deviation from impulsive learning, it is the source of nourishment of body and soul; it is the reason behind innovation and grit stories; it is a means of shaping thoughts and behaviour; it is an enabler to help find our unique place in this universe and exercise our full potential for the sake of happiness for ourselves, our fellow beings and humanity as a whole.
A self engaging perspective of education as outlined above cannot be limited only to transfer of academic knowledge with time bound milestones. It instead demands the learner to be self motivated and responsible for their own education with awareness of their learning abilities.
Education demands an environment of active learning equipped to promote and satisfy curiosity; constructive engagement of action to help build intuitive muscle memory and in turn self confidence and esteem.
Education demands independent work spaces, collaboration and cooperation to respect independence and interdependence.
Education demands reflection of action and thought with cause and effect analysis to help self connect; develop behaviour, beliefs, value system and in turn character.
Education demands contribution to real world problem solving to help validate, fine tune and adapt.
Education demands mentors who never doubt the ‘learning abilities’ of children.
Education demands adults who can trust and make way for the young to lead the world with their evolved unique light.
We commit to be those mentors and adults… Do you?