“Education is about understanding oneself in relation to the world around, thus developing a responsibility towards it and developing the ability to sense the need to reconstruct it when required. Unlearning and reconstructing are very important aspects of education that many times form the basis of innovation and creation.”
Savitha Ravi & Ravi Srinivasan
Education that is static and based on findings of others and experiences of only philosophers and scholars is theoretical and traditional with little scope for evolution and innovation.
The approach to learning at Ekayana has been the result of continuous observation, study, research and experiences of educators who have been teaching and been in touch with children for more than a decade. The approach will evolve over time and be subject to changes based on further research and observations. Change is inevitable and being able to adapt and reinvent in a dynamic world is what makes education to be alive.
Learning at Ekayana is interdisciplinary, scientific, collaborative, disciplined, personalized and futuristic. Together these elements create the experience for each child that leads to true education.
To understand a concept, one must approach it as an idea and not as a subject. Every concept, we try to learn is a part of a bigger picture and therefore learning cannot happen in brackets and within boundaries.
At Ekayana, we treat every topic as a link to the next and as a component that is part of the cyclic learning process rather than a separate entity that is restricted by labels in the form of subjects and syllabus. Research and project based approach facilitates interdisciplinary learning. For example, in a topic like Air and Flight, one gets to work on models that gives an opportunity to deal with measurement, geometry, creativity and aesthetics and the same topic is experienced with movement to show how our body and the bodies of beings around are suited to the movement experienced.
Investigating topics through individual and group research, field trips and community interaction helps children plan, present and execute a project of their own. Such projects provide the context to seek out, set goals, collaborate and solve problems.
Construction of the Scientific Mind
Creation is the culmination of empathy, aesthetics and the findings from a very disciplined and rigorous research. It is the product of a very well planned but exploratory approach that requires careful detailing and interpretation and leads to construction of a scientific mind that analyses, critiques and reasons findings. This forms the base for any creative engagement.
Ekayana identifies the fact that all of us learn in different ways and often using a combination of styles. Therefore, every programme at Ekayana strives to meet the individual needs of her learners. There is no one method of learning, there are different ways and approaches to facilitate learning such that one learns in the most suitable way that follows his/her uniqueness.
Rigour and Positive Discipline
Often times, we talk about pressure and to allow children “to be”. It is important that every child is allowed to learn at his/her own pace and not be expected to work against their natural pattern to meet expectations. But it is also equally important for every child to become responsible for one’s own learning. Children should not be sheltered but supported to meet challenges, work towards goals that they lay based on their interests and abilities. Once that is set, it is important for them to work in a disciplined manner that guides them to become proactive and responsible for their own learning.
Value Addition to the Community
Ekayana believes that any change or any step towards a better tomorrow requires co-operation and people to come together. Sharing ideas, resources, experiences and know-how are necessary steps to take before we think of doing anything for our surroundings. Thus interaction and dialogues with the immediate community we live in is an important part of learning. Engaging the others around us sensitizes them, makes them aware and most importantly gives them a sense of involvement and us a sense of collaboration. The ability to collaborate is definitely a skill that needs to be developed when one is young and adaptive.
Ekayana believes in being current and adaptive to the needs of time. What is today is not what will be tomorrow. It is important to envision the tomorrow. What will be completely not available in the coming decade, what will be most used, what are the resources that will become redundant and what can be recycled and reused? Children need to understand their today and build their tomorrow and this applies to the world at large. Technology is the reality of today – we can use it or abuse it or abuse it by overusing it. Ekayana respects the existence of technology and uses it appropriately as an enabler rather than an information feeder or a supplement. Technology compliments learning and helps resources to reach a wider audience.