Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
Greetings from Roots and Wings team,
Don't we all wish to be in a place where we can be just us, fail, make mistakes, create something new and cherish each others creations and failures ?
As you guys head into summer holidays with all beautiful stories of you and your kids, we are delighted to share one of ours with you.
A few months back Rehan told Ankita didi - " there is no alignment in what I study in school and what my tuition teacher asks me to do, and there is no time for me to do what I want to, it is stressful. "
The crux of this small chat lingered in our minds for a very long time until we visited the ‘Learning circle’ of our neighboring BRAMS school in Ahmedabad where kids come on their own to study ad learn with a parent present to facilitate the circle.
ROOTS and WINGS ( Brighton English School Ahmedabad)
We are Alumnus of Teach for India. We are passionate to make Education-equity a reality. We want to explore the meaning of education beyond classrooms. A child spends two-third of his/her time in the community. So why not make community the unit of change to foster a holistic upbringing of our country’s future – our kids.
The idea of a space to explore, learn, unlearn from each other and creating safe environment together seemed to be a probable answer for Rehan’s query.
Roots and Wings is one such attempt to answer the queries of many Rehans, their didis and parents, where kids explore their interests, re-learn what’s been taught in school with their peers, understand the community that they live in, try and solve community related problems through fun filled projects, unleash their talents in various art forms and sports.
What we did :
Phase 1 of Roots and Wings kicked off this year in January, our main areas of focus -
Academics - Kids re learn things taught in school. It looks similar to tuitions except here students are the teachers and have access to internet, tabs, books and lot of resources.
3R - Recycle, Reuse, and Re-invent Kids learn about waste, waste management, simple recycling ways like DIY projects to reuse the waste in their homes.
Future Planning - Kids plan their academic career to make their dreams come true. Road maps of their academic journey, challenges that they may face, whom to reach out, opportunities, scholarships, courses (online and offline) are some of the key focus areas.
Passion - Kids are exposed to different visual art forms, they have freedom to choose whatever they want to learn then make it as their hobby. They get chance to interact with people who have made their hobbies as passion and pursue them as career.
The challenges we faced through the stint was :
But hey…!! Quitters never win and winners never Quit !!
What changes we have seen :
- 40 kids (average) turn up everyday
- 35 % of these kids have/had no TFI intervention
- Opening circles in the centre are being conducted by kids
- Kids from the centre performed at "Transform Projects in Ahmedabad" event after learning hip hop form of dance
- Kids have started exploring musical instrument - Tambourine, creating their own music and songs. Performed on Brighton;s annual day
- Reflections on Fridays are engaging and kids come up with unique ideas to present their learnings
- 25 kids from grade 4,5,6 have a roadmap of their academic journey till 10th grade and are working on challenges and opportunities.
- Kids have written their own songs and have composed music using tambourines
- Parent meeting held and parents have started believing in the space
Video Link : roots and wings : our journey
What's next :
We are currently using our school space as a center .We plan to start 3 centres in our neighboring communities to broaden our impact to reach out to 15,000 families. We request you all to help us in raising funds so as to achieve this much needed dream a reality. We’ve attached the particulars and budget regarding the funding.
To render any other kind of help please feel reach out to us:
Chaitanya : 9429387970, 9886864649
Hrishikesh patil : 8123195727
you can also reach us on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ChandolaCommunity/
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Gratitude : We thank people who have been constant support in every form they could. A big shout out to people who believed in us last time. Expect your support and we promise we will make that community inclusive and child friendly. Come, lets do our part in building that beautiful future.
An old African proverb says,
"It takes a village to raise a child."
One could imagine then that it would take a community to raise a school.