“I didn’t know there was such a big industrial zone, let alone so close to my village,” gushes 13 year old Karishma Mehboob Pathan. “And then to have presented our ideas to the bosses of big companies! It was nerve racking but exciting,” she shares as her other classmates nod in agreement, bursting to share their own experiences.
Just ahead of the festival of Dasshera, Karishma along with 20 of her classmates had visited the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in Satara, to put forth their sales pitch. Under the watchful eyes of teachers, these girls in smaller groups visited over 33 companies. Their product – bright yellow and orange marigold flowers, carefully nurtured by all of them for over 3 months. Continue reading A Tale of Success and Self Discovery
Arun was an average student in school, content with the 50% he scored. “I attended school because my friends went too. I had no particular interest in studies,” he shares, now standing in front of his own class of students. Continue reading How I went from being a disinterested student to an inspired learner
Often we underestimate the cognitive capacities of children and hence, perhaps, the emphasis on listening and learning, than enabling them to think.
However, as a part of the Introduction to Basic Technology(IBT) curriculum, students in their second year are required to undertake a practical project that would translate their knowledge to goods, or services, for the school, villagers or community at large.The aim is not just to practice what they study, but also to inculcate a habit of thinking big and beyond.
Consider this venture of 14 students from Class 10 of Shri B.B.M. High School, Bidada – a village in western Kutch, Gujarat.
Continue reading Child’s Play : A Note from Bidada