Sitting in a classroom, writing notes, and wishing the minute hand on the clock could move just a little faster. We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun. But learning doesn’t have to be like that. And as a group, we love to learn and want the next generation to love it as much as we do.
That’s where our work with the community is focused. The best work happens where we use our core strengths to meet the needs that the community has, whilst strengthening our own culture and workforce. We spend our time working in and with schools, and school children, getting them to move beyond their textbooks, into a land of joy, curiosity, exploration and discovery.
All our community work is volunteer driven – sustainable change can only come from within the community! Everyone is given three working days to devote to a community project that they care about, or that they feel will help them develop their own skills and confidence. These opportunities range from honing design and manufacturing skills, by building exciting and deep science experiments; to developing management skills, by leading teams in school; and to improving data analysis experience, by joining the monitoring teams.
Whilst the programmes we run in schools vary widely in their structure and content, depending on the needs of a particular school or community, they are all driving towards the same goal. To equip children with the desire to learn, the ability to think and awareness of the broader world and their place in it, as these are essential for a productive, fulfilling life.
Creativity and self-expression are two critical tools in today’s rapidly changing world. Art is a great medium to inculcate these, and many other key skills in young people.
Curiosity (jigyasa) is an important element without which a person will stagnate. The difference between ‘ordinary’ and ‘extra ordinary’ performance is the ‘extra’ and this comes through jigyasa or a constant desire to learn.
The most powerful learning comes from curiosity- an unquenchable desire to know. All children have it, but it sometimes gets lost along the way. Khoj runs workshops to bring back curiosity and critical thinking.
The Keep Moving Movement is an initiative run in collaboration with LifeSchool Pune, who train our volunteers and provide the content for the sessions each year.
We run four different programs at the JawaharNavodayaVidyalaya in Gurugram, a government run boarding school, for high achieving students from rural areas.
The Khoj centre is a learning space for children in Udaipur, which gives them access to varied, self-directed, and creative experiences, ranging from tinkering with toys and gadgets, to art and science exhibits.