Ananya will put a sincere and strong focus, on the fundamental principles in the education system, as stated in the NEP 2020 (New Education Policy) - multidisciplinary and holistic education, creativity and critical thinking, life skills, respect for diversity and respect for the local context and synergy in curriculum across all levels of education, to name a few.
She been enabling the community kids of Dhanotu (my mother's village) in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, with our arts-based curriculum and joyful learning culture. For the last 6 months, we have been managing a CLAP center, which provides free drawing, games, music, drama sessions for the community students so that they start feeling free and enhance their creative confidence. We had conducted a baseline assessment of our primary students, and the results were shocking. Many of them are the first generation learners who come from the backward communities. Our CLAP fellows started teaching the concepts with the help of drawing, games, drama and music instruments. Most of our primary students are at grade level now, with the help of our arts-based content and joyful learning culture.
Our CLAP students walk on number line, for fun. They learn addition with matriarchy, subtraction with frame of reference, and tables with Jhap Taal ( a 10-beat rhythmic cycle) to name a few.
Construction cost of our experimental hub : INR 25,00,000
Monthly cost of running one CLAP center : INR 25,000
For the next five years, we want to go deeper in understanding the impact of Arts in this community, and we need your financial support to buy us time.
- Old laptops/ tablets
- Toys/Board Games/Sports kit
- Music instruments for kids - Keyboard, Guitar, Clap-box to name a few
- Story books , Coloring books, Notebooks
- Props for Arts and craft - Colors, Drawing sheets, Tool kit of some fun DIYs
Problem Statement: Schools are crushing the free thinking and creative abilities of the children
Vision: Every child remains a creator
Mission: Making culture of arts-based learning mainstream
Solution: Making classrooms livelier by bringing in our arts-based content and joyful learning culture through CLAP fellows, girls and women from local communities. She will address two main issues: a) lack of 21st century skills in the educators b) absence of a classroom culture that enables the student to remain a creator
- Through our CLAP centers (Culture of learning with Arts and Performance) in the villages.
- Through primary schools
- Through existing learning spaces - Anganwadis, organizations.
- Through existing alternative learning groups/spaces.
- By 2025, through our residential school in Himachal Pradesh, Ananya, A for Arts.
Our approach towards bringing the content and culture in the classrooms will be the combination of work by organizations like Pratham, TFI (Procedural learning) and Nalandaway, Slam Out Loud (Creative Confidence)
Our USP: Arts-based interventions for the students in rural India
Goal: We are aiming to impact one million students by 2030
Sahil Dogra is an educator and a musician. He was born in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. His journey in the education sector began with becoming friends with the kids in different shelter homes, through multiple NGOs like, Make A Difference(MAD) and Becoming I Foundation, while doing his engineering from NSUT, Delhi ( formerly, Delhi Institute of Technology).
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