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Community-based Education at Rishi Valley. Full Economic Citizenship Roundtable on Innovations in Education RISHI VALLEY INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (RIVER) KRISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION INDIA. Centralised curriculum Frustrated teacher Uninteresting classrooms Community losing faith.

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community based education at rishi valley

Community-based Education at Rishi Valley

Full Economic Citizenship

Roundtable on Innovations in Education

RISHI VALLEY INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (RIVER)

KRISHNAMURTI FOUNDATION INDIA

why is the system failing
Centralised curriculum
  • Frustrated teacher
  • Uninteresting classrooms
  • Community losing faith
Why is the system failing?
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Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful support structures

Community involvement - A school free of fear

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Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful support structures

Community involvement - A school free of fear

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Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful support structures

Community involvement - A school free of fear

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Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful support structures

Community involvement - A school free of fear

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Teachers formulating curriculum - Meaningful support structures

Community involvement - A school free of fear

learning ladder
Sense of achievement
  • Self paced learning
  • Self driven learner
Learning Ladder
space and time management
Most ruralschools –multigrade by default
  • RIVER model – multigrade / multilevel by design
  • dynamic grouping
  • Grade, gender and ability – not the criteria
Space and time management
community ownership
Community curriculum
    • Mothers’ stories
    • Traditional folk arts
  • Mothers’ committees
    • Monitoring children’s progress
    • Organising mid-day meals
Community Ownership
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
Enriching village commons
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

Cost effective model
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
The first challenge
challenges in the formal sector
Problem
  • Cynicism of teachers
  • Apathy of bureaucracy
  • Resistance from the textbook lobby

Strategies

  • Designer’s workshops
  • Setting up 36 model schools
  • On-the-job support

Achievement

  • Scaling up in phases – 36 to 280 to 10’000 schools
Challenges in the formal sector
reaching other developing countries
RIVER- Ethiopia Collaboration
  • Several potential partnerships-Peru, Pakistan,China
Reaching other developing countries
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
Replicating strategy moving in partnerships
capacity building
Range of training programmes
  • Hands-on training
  • On-the-job support and monitoring
  • Comprehensive training materials – teachers’ manuals, trainers’ modules, training films
Capacity building
global development network award most innovate development project
GDN criteria
    • Creativity/innovativeness
    • Social impact
    • Cost performance
    • Replicability
    • Capacity building
Global Development Network award“Most innovate development project ”
vision
Building regional resource groups
  • Consolidate research base through action research
  • Linkage with Universities-Metz, Regensburg,

Harvard & London

  • Creating a network of networks
VISION
innovation
Putting the child in the driver’s 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
Innovation

Recap

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
Social impact

Recap

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
Cost performance

Recap

capacity building1
Experiential training
  • On-the-job support and monitoring
  • Comprehensive training materials
Capacity building

Recap

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

Recap

vision1
Joyful childhood - creative teachers - strong networks
  • Preserve the self-sustaining, self-replicating, self-evolving nature of the RIVER model
Vision

Recap

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