Sheela Ramakrishnan and Rajika Dhiren
It was Mark Twain who said, “I never let school, interfere with my education.” And that perhaps sums up the process of “schooling” that young minds have been subjected to over the years.
However, with all apologies to Mr. Twain, at least in pockets of urban and rural India, we can take pride in the fact that we have taken large strides forward in our quest to make the learning process more meaningful for the child. One can hear the sounds of laughter and pleasure from the classrooms at least in the foundation years of primary schooling. Credit for this should go to all stakeholders who view the child as the fulcrum: schools, teachers and parents. There is more courage and space to experiment, more acceptance of different learning approaches, and above all more willingness to share and learn and believe that the process of teaching is also a never ending journey of learning … each child and class and era gently but firmly nudges the practitioners to find new ways that make more meaning, so that education in schools is For life, From life.
The authors are partners in Edcraft, Hyderabad, a firm engaged in making teaching-learning materials, conducting workshops and providing consultancy services. They can be reached at [email protected].