When A S Neill set up Summerhill a hundred years ago, he wanted to further the idea of freedom and democracy in the field of education. The school is run as a democractic community with students and teachers playing equal roles and enjoying equal freedom. With its principles of democratic education, Summerhill has inspired several similar schools across the world. The author shares her experience of being and teaching in one such school.
What is a democratic school? Do we need such a school in a democratic country like India? How different is this school from a regular school? It was in search of answers to these questions that the author visited Umang Paathshala in Haryana.
Nimesh Ved and Anshumalika Rai
This article talks about a two-year journey to connect children with books and to set a happy space in which books are a crucial element. Today the book room, as it is called, is vibrating with a positive energy where children can let their imagination fly.
Piyuli Ghosh and Bhagyashree Dokrimare
Apart from the classrooms, we have heard of teachers teaching under trees or in the garden, but have you ever heard of museums turning into classrooms? This unique school in Bhopal realized the learning opportunities that museums provide and has for the last 14 years very successfully engaged with museum based pedagogy.
A 50 year old school and its brave founder–Sri Vidya Mandir and Leela miss– have a lot of inspirational stories of struggle, challenges and survival to narrate. Take a peek into the journey of the school and its founder though the eyes of an old student.
Chintan Girish Modi
Teachers who may want to talk to their students about the Indian freedom struggle can now include Freda Bedi in their conversations Who was Freda Bedi? She was not born on Indian soil but devoted herself totally to India. Her story needs to be read.
There is a story in each one of us and Siddharth and Smriti through their organization, Soulify, help bring these stories out. Through the medium of art, drama, and storytelling Soulify helps us get in touch with our creative side, thereby empowering and enabling us.
Can genuine spaces be created in government schools to encourage peer to peer learning? How does learning take place in this kind of atmosphere? Here is a profile of such a space called Creativity Adda where peer to peer learning takes place.
Ankita Rajasekharan and Zakeeya Zahra Abbas
How many of us are likely to believe that a group of orphans, uninitiated in the ways of the world, can be integrated smoothly in an IB school? Asma Zaidi, an educationist and Montessori trainer, did and started the Focus Bridge School to take on this challenge.
Shree Singh Kuriyal
Kinzom Khampa is a petite and spirited teacher who weaned her students away from passive inaction to active participation in class. This is her story.