Board curriculum modification:
One of the major problems faced when trying to execute board curriculum in India and ensuring effective learning is the reliance on rote memorisation to gain merit. Rote memorisation doesn’t engage the students as effectively in terms of understanding the curriculum, since the focus remains on learning “how to memorise” and not on “what to learn”. In wanting to make education more interactive, we take the curriculum of social science subjects and condense all the information for the students and give it to them. Following this, we engage them in debates and discussions that make students question the things they are being taught, and gain more perspective instead of approaching it in the limited way textbooks can present topics to be. For example, Civics in class 6th has a chapter pertaining to the Panchayat System. After giving students notes on the entire chapter, an Aawaaz facilitator will then pick out the various debates and ethical dilemmas that arise when studying the topic(in this case, debates like “Should one be educated to stand up for Panchayat elections”). This system is actively carried out in Bluebells School International, with Grades 6-8 having classes in Civics, that aim to make the students interact with their curriculum more, and be more informed about the topic.