Our approach to learning
Learning happens in school and college, right? And kids have to score marks to succeed. Of course, they do. But that’s not ALL. There’s a lot more, and that’s what we are all about.
We need more than marks to succeed in today’s world- most importantly, we need to be able to learn quickly and learn on our own. Partly because learning is fun but also because the world is changing very fast. 15 years ago, who’d have thought that Wikipedia or Instagram would change the way we live. And it’s not just tech!
We build the skills it takes to be an independent and infinite learner; a deep curiosity, the ability to question what you see and hear, deep listening skills and empathy for others. And we do this in a fun, chilled way. We know that everyone has something to teach, and something to learn. So we try to make opportunities for everyone to do their bit.
We train our volunteers to work with young people. As the kids learn, so do the volunteers. The volunteer might learn how to ask great questions or mediate conflict, whilst the kids are learning to think like a scientist or how to be a persuasive debater.
As the volunteers lead this learning, it gets deeply embedded, so they take it back to their families and communities too, helping us create an ever-growing community of learners.
Resources to use at home
Wondering what you can do with your kids? We’ve put together some activity packs for a range of ages and areas of interest.
When you and the kids are at home, You can try our activity packs for a collection of fun and learning activities for people of different age groups in the family. In these packs, you will find a wide range of activities including Language, science, puzzles, DIY, fitness, and food. These packs are available in Hindi and English.
For toddlers and kids : https://www.dharohar.org/toddlers-pack
For teenagers and grownups: https://www.dharohar.org/teenagers-pack
We’ve also got some other sites that we love looking at for inspiration:
Instagram – @thedadlab, @Makingplayhappen
· 6 to 12 year olds
Scouts – https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities
Girl guiding – https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/adventures-at-home/
Google’s digital adventure – https://applieddigitalskills.withgoogle.com/
Science at home –
STEM at home – https://www.howtosmile.org/
Dyson STEM challenges – https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/resources/challenge-cards.html
Why play and exploration matter
Every parent wants their kids to succeed. We do too! But what do we need for that in a rapidly changing world?
The competition for college seats and great jobs is increasing, and so we see people focusing more and more on marks and coaching.
Research now shows that play and exploration are essential to success; children who play form better and more secure relationships, and have been used for thousands of years to teach skills such as dexterity or solving conflicts. In fact, India’s National Education Policy also highlights the importance of play, saying that it must be built into all five stages of primary education.
But why, we hear you ask? Well, because play allows all of us to learn without realising, whilst having fun and being most open to knowledge. Play gives us a safe space to try something out, fail and try again. And this cycle is the bedrock of learning. Once we’ve mastered this cycle, we can apply it to any topic or skill. We don’t need to wait for a class or a teacher to learn. This ability to learn is key to success in today’s world.
This basic approach is the foundation of our work; can we deliver important academic and life skills in a playful way, so that both volunteers and students take charge of their own learning. An exploratory approach builds key critical thinking skills as well as the grit and tenacity to keep learning.