Islands of Wisdom

Karishma Modi, Sadaf Sethwala, Mahira Kakajiwala, Naveen Namboothri

As part of the “Islands of Wisdom” project, Dakshin Foundation and ANET, in collaboration with the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools (WATIS) initiative is implementing a holistic approach to education in order to strengthen foundational learning. The programme is being run as an after-school intervention in the South Andaman region for students of Classes 3, 4 and 5.

The intervention is being built to focus on language, comprehension and expression skills through using innovative teaching and learning methods. By employing learning level appropriate, contextualised, and hands-on activities, students are encouraged to explore concepts individually and in a manner that cuts across traditional subject boundaries.

The methodologies employed and the principals followed aim to develop independent thinkers and curious learners with a strong sense of appreciation for the environment. To this end, the content used at our centre is developed in-house and through studying the work of organisations with similar goals.

Currently being developed as a small scale intervention, the programme is being planned in the long-term as a replicable model that will rely on contextualised content and the integration of school teachers and local facilitators into the centre, creating a shared space that relies on an integrated model of teaching.

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