The prophet Kahlil Gibran speaking about children said, "children have their own thoughts, you may house their bodies, not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow………." creative spirit andgenerous joy are key in childhood, both of which can be distorted by an unthinking adult world. Fertile and robust education is always created, rooted in the physical and cultural soil of the child, and nourished through interaction with parents, teachers, fellow students and the community.
Our education system has become distant from the lives of our children. There is a gorge between school knowledge and competences and those which arise in abundance outside the school. This deprives children; it alienates them, suppresses their creativity and affects their ability to live life fully. There is lot of learning in our traditions of craft and oral lore preserved by innumerable groups in our society. Learning continues in rearing cattle, buying vegetables with your mother, playing kites, kho-kho, walking behind your father repairing a cycle/ motorcycle/ car.
I hope we actively engage children with the world around them, exploring, responding, inventing and working things out, and making meaning. That needs to be incorporated in to the curriculum of children. Teachers/ education provide the kernels of ideas, skills and capabilities that could be worked into forms and inventions that could enrich their own lives and society.
I anticipate binding together the sweet, simple joys of nature to the joy of knowledge.