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1st Workshop on Unschooling

Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that rejects compulsory school as a primary means for learning. Unschoolers learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction. Unschooling encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves, believing that the more personal learning is, the more meaningful, well-understood and therefore useful it is to the child.   - Wikipedia

Believing in such an ideology, Valmiki Foundation, with the help of two volunteers - Sumit Garg and Atha Ullah Khan, has come out with an innovative idea called the Unschool method. We have begun implementing this method on our children and the results have been tremendously useful. The volunteers are gearing up for organizing further workshops and make children learn through their own inquisitiveness.

Session Format

  • Students learn by exploring Electronic / Electrical devices. They completely disassemble the device with their own hands and to put it back together.
  • Small batch of 10 students led by an expert instructor.
  • No rules, lecture, presentation, video, assessment, test or any other expectation from the students.
  • Working device is used for demonstration. Non-working devices are used for practice by students.
  • Students are given a complete free-hand on whatever they like to do with the equipment.
  • Sufficient safety precautions will be taken by the instructor.
  • 2 ½ hours of unbridled fun.

Devices Used

Laptops, mobiles, tablets, desktops, printers, telephones, TV sets, pressing irons, ACs, refrigerators, washing machines, solar panels, UPS, invertors, flashlights, fans, dynamos, walkmans, VCRs, radios, fax machines, calculators, air coolers, geysers, water pumps, etc.

Benefits

  • Students use their curiosity and learn on their own.
  • They develop a fearless attitude towards technology and science.
  • They discover that these devices are not as complex or mysterious as they seem to be.
  • Students and teachers can relate to these sessions during regular classes based on school curriculum.
  • Unschooling transforms students into explorers by giving them real world, hands-on learning.
  • We may never know all the benefits of unschooling as they are beyond our comprehension.

 What does it cost?

Nothing! The instructors are volunteers who love to be kids again and the devices are handed down by a network of well-wishers.  

Road Ahead

This method can be applied to all subjects and various other formats can be developed.

Help Us

We can use as many expert volunteers as we can get. However, we need a continuous supply of all kinds of old/new devices. Make a small donation. We do need to buy some stuff after all.