Bal Panchayat –
the dreamers’ road to action
Tamasha’s World –
the activist’s space
Sheik Chilli’s Corner –
Maths and Science for all seasons and reasons
Premchand’s Pitara! –
Humanities and Literature fun for boys and girls
Students choose one of the above activities plus one
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OUR STUDENT EVALUATION SYSTEM
A Question of Choice
If education is an important process for
transformation of the self, and hence of the changing
society, how can teachers, curriculum makers and
philosophers guide the process sensibly and sensitively?
democratic education – that is, a standard,
one-education-for-all pattern – the same as education for
democracy? Why cannot all education be to train the
individual in society, rather than pitting the individual
against it? What would encompass the education of a
responsive and responsible adult?
Gandhiji said, "Be the change you want to see in the world
around you." Why doesn't our education help students
transformation changes in themselves?
At what age does a child start learning about right and
wrong? About sharing and caring? About being a nurturing
member of a civil society? And is there such a thing as a
“right” time for these ideas to start taking root in the
mindscape of children?
children learn work is fun, labour is dignified?
Can learning to choose wisely start at the preschool level
in small baby-matters? Food habits, culture and active
tolerance habits ...
Is this knowledge inherent in our education, its
Are right and wrong choices different depending where the
individual/family/community/culture is/comes from?
Or can we apply the same rules to everyone?
Are these questions only for those from literate families
or is this right safeguarded for all, by our Constitution?
Kathashala hopes to start a new thinking in the ways
curriculum, syllabi and the pedagogy are designed for
working with children from nonliterate families. The
effort in Katha over the last twelve years has always been
to ensure a quality in our education so that it is good,
relevant and fun. We hope the new curriculum that
addresses the Katha Challenge 2010, is not just for
children from “underserved” communities but for all
children who would like to grow up with a certain sense of
being and belonging, enjoying fully the intergenerational
gifts of nature and nurture,
of belonging to a tolerant and richly diverse country;
where the C9s –Curiosity, Creativity and Critical
Competence, Confidence and Commitment;
Compassion, Cooperation, Citizenship – are cheerfully
by our E.D. since 1989 when she first
started thinking on these issues, Katha’s education
philosophy sees cooperative learning at its best, forging
relationships and connections, culturelinking in fun,
easily understandable, measurable ways. For instance, in
Kathashala, children in the ages of 3-8, actively learn to
share and care, as they play cooperative games. They
develop self-esteem, as well as respect for others – loka
samastha sukino bavanthu: May peace and prosperity be for
Fun and laughter, the good things of life,
as worthy of sharing (never as “too good to share”).
learning as important
Siksha or holistic education, ethics, entrepreneurship,
Leadership learning from an early age.
Language learning is given great importance during ages
6-15 when, recent studies show, the brain is most
accepting of language skills. Three languages – Bangla,
Hindi and English – are the languages of childhood in the
community we live in.
We strive so Challenge 2010
will help our children create, along with other children,
a leadership they can be proud of! We hope Kathashala
will continue to be in the best tradition of public
not waiting ten years to see the new thinking bearing
fruit – for we realize that India’s children cannot wait.