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Title: Community-based Education at Rishi Valley


1
Community-based Education at Rishi Valley
  • Full Economic Citizenship
  • Roundtable on Innovations in Education
  • RISHI VALLEY INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
    (RIVER)
  • KRISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION INDIA

2
Why is the system failing?
  • Centralised curriculum
  • Frustrated teacher
  • Uninteresting classrooms
  • Community losing faith

3
Child in the drivers seat
4
Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful
support structures Community involvement - A
school free of fear
5
Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful
support structures Community involvement - A
school free of fear
6
Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful
support structures Community involvement - A
school free of fear
7
Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful
support structures Community involvement - A
school free of fear
8
Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful
support structures Community involvement - A
school free of fear
9
Learning Ladder
  • Sense of achievement
  • Self paced learning
  • Self driven learner

10
Space and time management
  • Most rural schools multigrade by default
  • RIVER model multigrade / multilevel by design
  • dynamic grouping
  • Grade, gender and ability not the criteria

11
Community Ownership
  • Community curriculum
  • Mothers stories
  • Traditional folk arts
  • Mothers committees
  • Monitoring childrens progress
  • Organising mid-day meals

12
Enriching village commons
  • Barren wastelands converted into green public
    spaces
  • Used variously for herbal gardens, water
    harvesting, solar energy
  • Provides for fuel and fodder needs

13
Cost effective model
  • Design
  • single-room, single-teacher
  • Teaching - learning materials
  • School-in-a-box
  • Cost of building and establishment Rs.1,50,000
  • Cost of running Rs.15,000
  • per month

14
16 to thousands of schools
  • HOW?

15
The first challenge
  • Problem
  • Backward region
  • Mainstreaming girl child labourers
  • Strategy
  • Creating resource group
  • Setting up 200 learning centres
  • Achievement
  • 96.8 of the girls achieved minimum levels of
    learning

16
Challenges in the formal sector
  • Problem
  • Cynicism of teachers
  • Apathy of bureaucracy
  • Resistance from the textbook lobby
  • Strategies
  • Designers workshops
  • Setting up 36 model schools
  • On-the-job support
  • Achievement
  • Scaling up in phases 36 to 280 to 10000
    schools

17
Reaching out to remote socio-linguistic
minorities
18
Regions in India practicing the RIVER model
19
Reaching other developing countries
  • RIVER- Ethiopia Collaboration
  • Several potential partnerships-Peru,
    Pakistan,China

20
Replicating strategy moving in partnerships
  • Trans-creation of materials
  • Setting up model schools
  • Scaling up in phases
  • Putting in place decentralised support structures
  • Transparent evaluation mechanisms
  • Creating a critical mass of stakeholders

21
Capacity building
  • Range of training programmes
  • Hands-on training
  • On-the-job support and monitoring
  • Comprehensive training materials teachers
    manuals, trainers modules, training films

22
Global Development Network awardMost innovate
development project
  • GDN criteria
  • Creativity/innovativeness
  • Social impact
  • Cost performance
  • Replicability
  • Capacity building

23
VISION
  • Building regional resource groups
  • Consolidate research base through action research
  • Linkage with Universities-Metz, Regensburg,
  • Harvard London
  • Creating a network of networks

24
Innovation
  • Putting the child in the drivers seat
  • Involving teacher and community in creating
    local-specific curriculum
  • Designing dynamic space and time management for
    schools
  • Making school as a community resource centre

Recap
25
Social impact
  • Joyful learning leading to negligible dropout
    rates
  • Significant decrease in child labour in the
    region
  • Enrichment of village commons
  • Improvement in quality of life of the community

Recap
26
Cost performance
  • Sustainable design
  • single room, single teacher
  • Teaching learning material
  • comprehensive package for the whole school
  • Rs.1,50,000 to set up a school
  • Rs.15,000 a month to run the school

Recap
27
Capacity building
  • Experiential training
  • On-the-job support and monitoring
  • Comprehensive training materials

Recap
28
Replicability
  • From partnership to ownership
  • Trans-creation of materials
  • Setting up model schools
  • Scaling up in phases
  • Creating a critical mass

Recap
29
Vision
  • Joyful childhood - creative teachers - strong
    networks
  • Preserve the self-sustaining, self-replicating,
    self-evolving nature of the RIVER model

Recap
30
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