Understanding Modern Education - An Indic perspective
What you'll learn
- A historical perspective on the Indian education system
- The problems inherent in the system
- Better, more natural, ways of imparting education
- How the system affects us
- Strategies to work with it
- The experience of passing through the Indian education system
- The need to make sense of that experience and explore ways to work with it
- Since the course is meant for Indian teachers and parents, the few Hindi words used are not explained in English
'Understanding Modern Education - An Indic perspective' is an 8-hour, introductory, self-paced, online course made of short audio-visual presentations and contemplative reading and writing exercises. It is designed to help the participants connect the dots within the landscape of their personal experience with modern education in India.
This course is brought to you by the Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas (SIDH), based in Mussoorie, a non-profit organization engaged in research and projects in Education, Rural engagement and Youth Empowerment since 1989.
Early Work by SIDH
> 35 village schools and an experimental nai-taleem based school, Bodhshala.
> An year-long program called 'Sanjeevani' to empower rural youth, who went on to create outreach schools all over Uttarakhand.
> Foundational research in the, largely ignored, areas of conflict and contradictions between present day education and traditional rural value systems.
> Support in pedagogy and learning methodologies for several non-SIDH schools.
> Workshops, seminars, residential programs at SIDH campus.
> 40 plus books in Hindi and English, published since 1989.
> A quarterly journal, Raibar
Over the years we learnt a lot about our village communities, their value systems, their way of perceiving the world and life and we felt that was an important area to investigate. The modern path of development, largely borrowed from the west, seems to be not in alignment with the Indian ethos and we feel the need to research into this important area.
Who this course is for:
- Indian Parents and Teachers
- People who are keen to make sense of the Indian education system
Arun Elassery got his degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1988 and has worked in engineering, e-learning and education. He is the author of 'The laughing onion' a picture book for children published by Eklavya and of two books on the philosophy and practice of self-learning. He has written a regular column on alternative schools for the Teacher Plus magazine and was a 'Wipro Education Fellow' from 2010 to 2016.