Reimagining Self

Act now to reimagine education!


Imagine if every student leveraged their strengths, instead of only a few succeeding. Think about how you can
support your teacher to ensure every student gets an excellent education!


Here’s how you can start! Below you will find stories, learnings and exact steps you can try out to achieve what
these kids and educators did. Let’s reimagine education together!

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Kusum Lata - Finding your voice

This resource takes inspiration from the story of Kusum and how her understanding of an excellent education has evolved over a period of 5 years. This journey has helped Kusum learn how education can help us find what we stand for and deepen our commitment towards our beliefs.


What has been the shift in Kusum’s understanding of an excellent education?

Kusum Lata from Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya Ayanagar in Delhi, believes that each child should have a dream, and receive an education as a means of achieving it. She teaches kids from a nearby community and has been working on perfecting her own lesson plans to help provide stronger support to them. Over time, she has seen her students grow to love learning, and begin to create their own opportunities instead of waiting for things to come by.


Over the last 5 years, Kusum spent a lot of time understanding her purpose and her voice.

How can you find your voice?

Start to get to know yourself better by understanding your strengths and areas of development. One way to find these out for yourself is the Range Report.

After giving the Range Questionnaire, the report will highlight and provide details of what you need to do to leverage each strength and overcome your areas of
development.

Reflect and push yourself to articulate what affects you amongst politics, education, climate change, gender equality, etc.

Research the topics that affect you in order to build your own awareness. Ensure that you are fact-checking the information you read from more than one source in order to consume real facts and build an unbiased opinion.

To deepen your understanding, the best way is to take initiative and solve a problem that belongs to the area of your interest.

Be sure to stand your ground and be courageous as you raise your voice and speak up for what you believe in.

Create opportunities and support groups for your peers so that you all can help each other find your voice.

Tell us your story! We would love to hear from you and learn different ways of finding your voice

 

Tejashree Choudhari - Doing what you love

When you want to pursue what you love, there are several challenges that might come your way. This resource aims to guide you through such challenges and come out victorious. We want all our kids and educators to be able to practice anything and everything they like to or love to do.

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Here is the story of Tejashree Choudhari, a 12th grader from Pune, who is passionate about football and always stands up for what she believes in. After serving as the captain of her school football team for 3 years, she wanted to advance her game by joining an official football club. Despite her parents not being onboard and punishing her for trying, she was determined to continue following her passion. She later asked her coach to speak to her parents and help them understand the benefits and skills she'd learn through football, and the career path that the sport has to offer. This discussion convinced them and she went on to join a club to hone her skills. After she finished her schooling, she went back to teach football to her juniors and worked as an intern with 'Just for Kicks' for a year. She also leads "Lean In" circles which support girls in completing their education. She works with the Alumni Leadership Council in her school and also runs a study center in her home.

Learning from Tejashree, how can we overcome the challenges in following our own passions?

Stay strong, believe in yourself and your passion.

Don’t back down or let go if you find yourself facing an obstacle or a rejection.

If the challenge is a person, then stand for what you believe in by expressing why you want to do it, how you want to do it and what it will look like. If the challenge is the situation or circumstance, try to understand the root cause of the problem, have patience and brainstorm with people in trying to find a solution.

Reach out and talk to people with more experience who can support you and help you find solutions for the challenges you’re facing.

Find platforms and opportunities that could be treated as substitutes to fit your context.

Create opportunities and support groups for your peers so that you all can help each other follow your dreams.

Tell us your story! We would love to hear from you and learn different ways of finding your voice

 

Lego to Robotics - Finding Your Passion

Do you know what you are passionate about? Do you love what you do? If not, with the help of Armaan’s journey, we will try to understand how we find and excel at something. If yes, that’s awesome! Let’s use this resource to push for excellence in your area of interest.

Armaan, a 7th grader from Mumbai, was adjudged the Youngest Achiever amongst 1000 participants and made it to the top 30 innovators at MakerMela, a grassroot innovations festival. He is currently designing the "Dost-Bin” (friend bin), an interactive dustbin that will help tackle the problem of garbage management. The dustbin is enabled with a sensor that commands an LCD screen which displays educational content about the waste being disposed of. He also gave a TED talk about his journey from playing with Legos as a child to exploring the world of robotics.

 

Through these activities and projects, Armaan was able to find his passion and now he is continuously working towards
excellence.
How can you find yours?

Let’s start with answering the question, what are all the possible things that you can do?

Hiking/Camping

Archery

Running

Growing Vegetables

Composting

Bird Watching

Beekeeping

Parkour

Astronomy

Meteorology

Sand Castle Making

Cooking

Baking

Bread Making

Cheese Making

Model Railroads

Furniture Building

Home Improvement

Model Building

LEGO

Arts, Crafts, and other Skills

Painting

Drawing

Origami

Photography

Calligraphy

Quilting

Crocheting

Knitting

Embroidery

Carpet & Tapestry Weaving

Designing & Making Clothes

Jewellery Making

Pottery

Metal Working

Wood Carving

Welding

Leather Tooling

Cobbling

Trivia

Board Games

Card Games

Chess

Puzzles

Juggling

Table Tennis

Billiards

Reading, Writing,
and Learning

Miscellaneous

Genealogy

Language Learning

Journaling

Creative Writing

Book Club

Home Science Experiments

Wikipedia Editing

Playing an Instrument

Singing

Podcast Hosting/Amateur Radio

Makeup

Dancing

Computer Programming

Working on Cars

Travel

How can you find and excel in an area of your interest?

Start with exploring different hobbies, one at a time.

Reflect after each hobby and check to see if it sparks joy for you.

Find that one activity that you feel passionate about.

You can learn more about your passion by -
Reading books
Experimenting (i.e. trying it out on your own)
Watching online videos
Joining classes to learn more
Joining an organization to gain experience, or
Forming/meeting a group of people to continue practicing.

Sign up at competitive platforms that will push you to strive for excellence, participate in open spaces where your talent can be presented without any judgement, join classes or find existing organizations where you can gain experience.

Be sure to be diligent and persistent, strive for originality, and learn from your failures.

Find out more about Armaan’s journey and his experience with KER:

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