Towards collaborative approach to learning

Sakal Times
Monday, 11 February 2019

Student leaders reimagined the power of transformative education in partnership with educators at the recently concluded 2019 Kids Education Revolution national summit  

Student leaders reimagined the power of transformative education in partnership with educators at the recently concluded 2019 Kids Education Revolution national summit  

The Kids Education Revolution (KER) National Summit, one of India’s largest student-led conferences declared this year’s closing, where 71 student leaders and 23 educators from all over the country and the world converged in Mumbai as participants for the second year of the KER summit. 

In addition to the participants, the summit was attended by 400 people, including teachers, teacher trainers and students, who observed the student-educator sessions in action. Shaheen Mistri, CEO, Teach For India, Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All and Founder of Teach For America, and Steven Farr, Author of Teaching as Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap and Chief Knowledge Officer, Teach For America were also present.

The KER is a bold and ambitious collective of schools and educational organisations, including Teach For India that are working towards reimagining education at scale and are driven by a profound belief in the power of student leadership. The KER was collaboratively established because of three requirements: the need for a reimagined education where students have access to holistic learning, the need for partnership between students and adults that allow for discussion on reforming education practices and the need for collective action for solutions to the education crisis to be implemented at scale for deep impact. 

In the second year of its journey, KER conducted small workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, to amplify student initiatives in different regions and capture the unique nuances each city had to offer.

At the summit, empowering conversations about the power and belief in student leadership led students and educators from all over the country and the world to engage in workshops, performances and speeches. This year, an added programme on the itinerary was a walk through at the ‘Museum of Grey Sunshine,’ an exhibit at the summit that displayed powerful artifacts, statistics and anecdotes from teachers and students about the current realities of the education system in a experiential session. 

Mistri spoke about how KER aims to gradually change the ideologies around pedagogy in classrooms. 

“Every year, we are amazed at the spirit and tenacity of the student revolutionaries who share their inspiring ideas and insights with educators at the summit. With an initiative like KER, we hope to push the boundaries of what education could look like, and place students at the centre of reform and change in the system.”

The KER initiative hopes to harness the power of partnership between students and educators, and provide participants solutions to shift their practices within the classroom to move towards more collaborative approaches to learning.

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