For all those who like the freedom to choose what, when and where they want to learn.
So, step into Life Engineering Foundation if your child is being home-schooled and you need more than a bit of help. We have the right environment, method, and materials to nurture learning. We have the right course — Master Study in Life Engineering.This course begins with encouraging children to live consistently, focussing only on how to spend THIS day. Children will decide what they want to do and with whom. They will learn about habit tracking, priority setting, organizing skills, time management, conflict management, respecting diversity, and much more. Each day they will learn to introspect on what they did for themselves, for another person, the neighborhood, or the planet. Each semester, they will discover new skills and topics that will finally take them to their natural career choice.
Facilitators at LEF will also additionally aid students in the process of securing the 10th and 12th exams from Open boards like NIOS and IB by providing required tuitions.
Any child between 12-19 years can join. Their tenth and twelfth-grade exams will be completed in the process with our guidance. By age 19 they can start freelancing in the career path we will help them choose. We will help them set up their career.
Students can then opt for any college degree from any offline/online university, EVEN AS THEY START TO EARN.
Home schooling is a learning methodology which supports practical education by enabling a wider understanding of daily-life concepts and a child-centric approach. This practice is increasingly becoming popular as more and more parents realise the disadvantages of the conventional education system.
The Life Engineering Foundation (LEF) is one such platform based in India. Shraddha and Sandeep Pingale were officially established to provide futuristic educational courses aligned with sustainability concepts for holistic and lifelong learning.The premise is that the regular education system’s one-size-fits-all approach does not deliver real education. It aims to bring together such parents willing to take responsibility for their child’s education in their hands and explore an open learning platform, not bound by a rigid syllabus or irrelevant information gathering. At the Foundation, the belief is that learning is never-ending. By providing a blend of teaching materials that draw from traditional wisdom and futuristic technologies, a conducive atmosphere that merges freedom and the right triggers for learning, and facilitators who combine compassion and enthusiasm in guiding their students, the Life Engineering Foundation promises to be a place where learning flows naturally.
The founders of LEF, Shraddha & Sandeep Pingale are entrepreneurs by profession who realized how the outdated education system in the country is leading to a dearth of creativity and critical thinking, having personally witnessed this while recruiting students for their civil constructions company. The fixed syllabus and time table including the evaluation format hampers the learning process by making students miss out on important life skills.
After they returned back from Dubai in 2010 due to recession, the couple established Econstruct Design and Build Pvt Ltd., an Engineering Consultancy and Construction Company based in Bangalore. Eventually, the Life Engineering Foundation was established to promote self-directed learning in children.
“Life skills that are often neglected in our conventional education system play a large role in instilling confidence and encouraging bold thinking. In the Master Study, we begin with some very basic life skills that are required in our day to day lives. Beginning with the Body, Mind and Soul Life Essential lessons, the student progresses to acquire some Day to day Essential skills and goes on to gather General Essentials and Career Essentials.Eager to know more? Let’s get started”
which extends learning peripheries to neighbourhoods, town, district, state, country, continent ,earth and goes beyond to seek learning from the whole universe in an organised manner.
That is also what we at LEF are working towards. A child should be equipped for his daily life and this includes physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual well-being. Keeping all the above aspects in mind, we have opted for a combination of curricula that takes the best from formal and non-formal ones to present the right mix of instruction, experiential learning and assessment. Self directed learning aims at making the child take responsibility for his learning. It does this in various ways like demonstration of choices, incomplete instructions for a project, inspiring story telling and so on. Evaluation is continuous and covers not only academic performance but also attitudes, interests, involvement, work habits, etc. Evaluation helps both the learner and teacher.We believe in exposing the child to various ideas, cultures, people and places as all these play a vital role in widening the learning. Equally important is free time for the child to just be, without any pressures or desired outcomes, as this is when the creative and intuitive part of the brain gets active. Awareness of what is happening in the world today is give as much weightage as studies in history or futuristic technology.
Group learning is a part of the technique we use to foster the spirit of collaboration. Competition with one another only leads to unhealthy attitudes and a sense of separateness. Inclusiveness is what we aim at. In group learning, a child not only works with his peers but all age groups, including adults. Visiting a farm and soiling the hands, or going to a newspaper printing press, a restaurant kitchen or a bakery, automobile manufacturer, a garment factory, a brick kiln, flower auction or an organic farm can reinforce what is being absorbed in a class.
The learning space, note NOT the ‘classroom’, is a space that should be bright and lively, not staid and drab like classrooms. So also, the learning materials are designed to enthuse the student to probe. Every day is new in how we approach any subject, leaving no space for boredom. Every learning is connected to the child’s everyday life in its relevance. The role of outdoors and travel is significant in effective learning.
Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Intelligence is of various hues, but sadly the present system recognises only one based on academic performances. We at LEF believe that each child is unque and comes with his or her special intelligence. Recognising this and supporting them in their strengths is our agenda. Be it logical, mathematical, visual, kinesthetic, musical, verbal, naturalist and so on, it is when a collection of varied intelligences come together that unimaginable outcomes present themselves.Finally we also believe that our learning facilitators need to be more than informed. They must be compassionate, approachable, enthusiastic, patient, pleasing in demeanour and encouraging. When the learner, teacher and environment are in resonance, the learning will naturally flow…Come walk with us in this exciting journey.
“To provide educational courses aligned with the concepts of sustainability for a holistic and lifelong learning by appropriate blending of technology and traditional knowledge to shape world citizens who care for the Planet, Society and create wealth within the replenishing capacity of the Nature while fostering peace and partnership.”
* Each child blossoms in unique ways
and must be encouraged in independent thinking,
through holistic self-directed learning
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*They will grow up then to be adults,
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*An open space for your child to explore,
to let innate curiosity experiment.
An immersive experience where the child learns by doing,
and allows a personalized learning experience for every child.
*In an environment free of pressure and instructions,
Where cooperation and teamwork replace competition
and the latest technology goes hand in hand with tradition.
This semester equips students with learning the bare essentials of living. Every aspect of the day, from waking moment to sleeping at night, will be addressed. The child will learn about hygiene and the need for it. Why do we wear cotton in summer and wool in winter? Where do cotton and wool come from? What to wear in each weather and how to wear these, be it a sari, dhoti, or a dress, will be learned through practice.
Simple but effective self-defense techniques will be demonstrated. Basic first aid for cuts and wounds, what to do if someone catches fire, or on contacting boiling water, what to do in the case of an electric shock, how to check BP and temperature, etc., will be shown. How does the allopathic system of medicines work, what does an antibiotic do, and why do we need to check blood sugar? Various such questions will be answered. Introduction to Ayurveda, naturopathy, and other alternative systems of medicine will also be offered in the semester.
Having made friends with their own body, mind, and soul, students will next tackle the daily essentials in a home. How many children know how to fit a bulb in the holder today? Or to fix a leaking tap? They will acquire such general skills as hammering a nail, installing a fan or bulb, and repairing a cycle, bike or car. From basic carpentry, plumbing, electricals, hardware, and software skills to car mechanics, they will get an idea of how stuff works. In an emergency, it will see them equipped to at least diagnose the issue, even if they cannot set it right.
Setting your timetable and following it throughout the day helps discipline children. Small tasks like clearing up space can help the brain in a priority setting while critically thinking about what one needs or not. Organizing skills, time management, conflict resolution skills, habit tracking, de-cluttering, corporate etiquette, priority setting, etc will be taught through practice every day.
The students will next be exposed to basic maths required to clear aptitude tests and logical reasoning, which will be honed up. Vedic math will be offered too. Besides aiding in fast calculations, it has been shown to improve concentration powers. What does the Constitution of India say? What are the fundamental rights and duties of a citizen? For instance, how many of us know that Article 51 A (g) makes it the duty of every citizen to protect and improve the natural environment? So also, a basic knowledge of the law can come in handy in day-to-day life, be it when facing a traffic cop or marital harassment. Knowledge of insurance, banking, investments, and legal aspects will be imparted. Also included will be the sciences, environment study, languages, history, geography, etc., but none of these will be restricted to book-based learning.
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ON-JOB Internships will be an added strength of the Master Study in Life Engineering. Business skills will be imparted via internship in the various departments of the sister concern, e-construct. In the process, aspects of HR, Admin, sales, marketing, communication, Interiors design, architecture, RD, finance, law, and Event Management will be learned. A student will end up with an understanding of how to start a business. Finally, in the Social Service segment, which we believe is equally important, the students will spend time in old age homes and orphanages where they will help in whichever way they like. A visit to a village followed by a cleaning up of the area, tracking a day in the life of a municipal worker, volunteering in a government hospital, etc., are various options they will explore.
The workshops aim to give them a basic understanding or a working knowledge of the subject and are not meant as training to make them experts. However, experts will offer courses on the same if they are interested in pursuing any of the topics in-depth.
The Master Study also focuses on Sustainability which involves working for the planet, peace, people, and prosperity. In any natural ecosystem, stability and resilience come from the diversity of species and the level of their interconnectedness. An ecosystem is prosperous only when all species populations thrive interdependently. The human society which has broken away from this order and is all set for self-destruction through greedy consumption of natural resources is an example of a balance gone awry. The climate change crisis proves how mindless use of resources has led to a situation of no return, with the 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels set to be breached.
Shraddha and Sandeep, the founder couple of Life Engineering Foundation, are parents who asked bold questions and dared to think different. Seeing the dismal failure of the education system in making students self sufficient, confident and creative, they began looking at the problem at a deep level.
Having left Dubai a decade ago and returned to India, my husband wanted to start his firm. He is a civil engineer by qualification. As an IT engineer with an MTech to boot, I was not keen to join him initially, but I soon started being involved in the recruitment process for the consultancy. I began visiting campuses in the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It was an eye-opener for me, especially one such campus drive. These were civil engineers we were interviewing, but they lacked basic knowledge of the subject after four whole years. They did not even know the departments within civil engineering. On asking them to list the simple steps and checks in building a dream home, most failed miserably. On top of it was their poor communication skills, which led to a lack of confidence in facing the interviewers.
I visualized the anxious parents of the graduates, who had spent so much money and, in educating children, gathered a lot of stress into their lives. I was thoroughly shaken. This was not what I wanted for my children, nor for anyone. My husband and I decided to unschool our son, who was nine then. The next step was to look for a school that teaches life skills to children. There were very few, even those that were not exactly what we wanted. I posed a question on quora, asking about such a school. The answer came, ‘None! If you want one, start one.’ That hit me and set me thinking.
A documentary on sharks’ birthing made me sit up. Here was a newborn shark left to fend for itself from the time it was born, and we, as intelligent species, take almost 20 years and more to learn a livelihood. What was going wrong with humans and their learning systems? I started checking on homeschooling, unschooling, etc. and gathering information. Inspiration came from many people to whom I am indebted.
Finally, in August 2022, we launched Life Engineering Foundation, where learning comes naturally, joyously, and unhurriedly.There are many problems with our existing education system, but to summarise what I think are the most significant issues, it is too long. Almost 25 percent of one’s life is spent pursuing education, only to be still a ‘fresher’ at the end and needing to be ‘told what to do.’ The expenses, too, are humongous and can quickly run into lakhs. The end result is not commensurate with the money spent. Worst is the stress the period heaps on the student and parents. Today, a kindergarten child has to do projects, and most times, the parents are doing it. Even if a graduate manages to get a job, he takes care of his family. Is that all we are meant to do after slogging for so long? Should we not be capable of thinking for our society, nation, and planet? The system abhors failure and puts such a fear of failure into the students that none want to risk trying anything new. I believe failure teaches us to correct our mistakes and try again. Then there is the paucity of time for any creative or innovative pursuits. The child has no free time. Even if he has, the parent will put him in some coaching class or music class, etc.
To handle all these pitfalls, LEF seeks to be flexible in time, space, and content, focusing on child-centric learning. Our self-directed learning model allows each child to go in the direction of their natural inclination and curiosity. It aids critical and independent thinking. Our holistic approach combines traditional subjects with a host of daily essentials to help children take control of their lives. For instance, we will provide information on health and self-care, which are sorely needed but neglected. How many of our children can cook and take care of themselves? Forget children; how many adults know the basic essential laws? How many of us know where and when to invest money? Our workshops make available any such information to the student. If you want to give your child an opportunity to realize his/her full potential, and if you are willing to change your outlook on education, do check us out. We make learning joyful and meaningful.
It is called Master Study in Life Engineering. We believe our course prepares every child to handle life in a wholesome manner. It builds up confidence and makes them independent.
A child or any adult can join, once above the age of 12. Younger children too can join but the specific workshops we offer are for ages 12 and above.
No. We do not believe in testing a child with rote learning capabilities or information gathering. Instead we believe that each child has its own unique strengths which we help identify.
Again, we do not believe in fixed duration. A child can learn at his/her pace. However, generally by the age of 18 the child will be able to earn from some skill picked up by then. For what duration is this course?Again, we do not believe in fixed duration. A child can learn at his/her pace. However, generally by the age of 18 the child will be able to earn from some skill picked up by then.
This is a child-specific and flexible method which is not limited by a fixed syllabus or duration. We aim to facilitate holistic learning, besides equipping the child in the field of its aptitude.
The course begins with learning to LIVE CONSCIOUSLY. Children will decide what they want to do and with whom. In the process, they will learn about habit tracking, priority setting, organizing skills, time management, conflict management, respecting diversity and much more. Each day they will learn to introspect on what they did for themselves, for another person, the neighborhood or for the planet.In the Master Study, we begin with some very basic life skills that are required in our day to day lives. Beginning with the Body, Mind and Soul the student receives Life Essential lessons, then progresses to acquire Day to day Essential skills and goes on to gather General Essentials and Career Essentials. (The details can be read on our website)
Outdoor learning is also an important factor in the Master Study. The students will visit places as diverse as a dairy farm, newspaper office, forest, historic site, etc. Every quarter, we will take them on a trip to the outdoors. They will experience the rigoUrs of a farmer’s life and the patience needed by an archaeologist before he uncovers a prehistoric site.
No, not in the conventional sense where all students answer a common question script. But, we will be continuously monitoring each child for its involvement and participation in the learning processes and activities.
Yes, we believe in hands-on learning as an important aspect and students will learn to do the things they read about, be it in making spaceship models, fitting a bulb or cooking. They will also undergo internships at our sister concern, E-Construct, where they will pick up knowledge on finance, HR, Admin, Designing, Marketing, Law, Communications, etc.
We will help the students clear the exams offered by the NIOS and IB boards by providing necessary tuitions. The certificates from these boards are considered on par with those from other education boards.
By age 18, most of them will be ready to start earning in the field of their choice and we will help set them up in their career. They can also apply for online degree courses many of which are available today.
We firmly believe that a child if left free to pursue his/her interest, will not become lazy. The inherent curiosity will drive him/her to learn. Of course, there is need to allow free time too, instead of packing their day with activities. It is in such moments of play or leisure that the creative side of the brain lights up.
Yes, if after completing the course he/she has not been able to decide on their career and would like to pursue traditional jobs, they can take the respective exams. Our course will also address these requirements by training them for such exams.
It will make them totally independent and confident to handle any situation. Time management, organizing skills, conflict resolution, basic legal knowhow, more than a passing idea of banking and insurance, communicating effectively, etc. will help them become the leaders in their fields. They will not be exploited by anyone. They will easily unlock their potentials to lead society and the planet towards a sustainable and just world.
By age 12, most children have some idea of what fascinates them. If not, they will surely know what does not interest them! Career is a part of life, NOT the reason of life. If you can find the domain where joy and satisfaction go hand in hand with the money earned, that is any day better than a job that offers double the money AND stress. Don’t you agree?
We believe in dignity of labor and the happiness in spending every day. Every job has its worth. Today, a good plumber is often tough to find. Being a plumber is not degrading. One can innovate to have his own firm that handles the plumbing needs of any organization, apartment and more. So also, a tailor is one of the most sought after person in every house. Ask the women. A good tailor can build his boutique to compete with the best of apparel outfits.
Our course will make the students more confident in whatever they take up. It will sharpen their thinking and creative skills and make it much easy for them to handle any job or studies.
We offer family and child specific learning platform which prepares the child for life.We cover day to day essential skills in our learning platform. We cover anything and everything that us required to build a happy and peaceful life.
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Let us look at soft skills and what they tell us about a future where bots will be running the show.
Home schooling parents have some concerns, especially when comparing their children to those in traditional schooling. For one, they look at the humungous syllabus and heavy text books school-going children ‘absorb’ and wonder if their children are not missing out on some vital info.Two, they ask us what skills do we train our children for, to equip them for the job market 15-20 years hence.The answer to the first question is simple: take any of the children who have passed out of regular schooling, and ask them a question from those text tomes. Even in less than two years from graduation, they would not remember any of the info. Forget the time when they are at the peak of their careers. This is simply because most of what we ‘study’ is not relevant to our daily lives or career. So then, why put a child through all that unnecessary stress? Isn’t it enough to know exactly what we need? That is what we learn in home schools, open schools, etc. Once the child identifies his or her interest and aptitude, we help them to master the topic and pick up the relevant skills. Less irrelevant info, more specific knowledge; less stress, more learning.Coming to the second question, we will look at it here in more depth.What skills will the children need some 15-20 years from today? It’s anybody’s guess. We cannot predict at all. Especially with the advent of AI and bots that can handle a whole range of tasks, we cannot say how the future develops. However, we must remember that some 20-30 years back we did not predict that computers would invade every sector. We prepared for some skill sets and ended up learning a whole set of new skills. Therefore, I would suggest that we do not worry about the skills required in the future.But let us be clear here, we are talking of hard skills like the ones that can be taught or picked up from classes/courses. This could be technical skills around the use of equipment, hardware or tools, processes, etc and cover anything from computer hardware, coding, management, design, data mining, diagnostics, research, marketing, presentation, finance, planning, budget, writing, etc.We truly cannot predict how many of these will still be needed two decades from now. But there is a bunch of skills that will still be required at any time, and those are the life skills and soft skills. These are what we can help our children acquire. We will look at them in detail. But let me clarify here that all three are inter-related and inter-dependent to some extent.Soft skillsHow are soft skills different? A simple definition to make it clear is this: Your qualification (covering your hard skills) will get you called for an interview, but your soft skills will determine if you sail through! So does it mean soft skills are more important ? No. But they are as important, and yet neglected, compared to hard skills. Given a person who is technically sound but a social misfit and one who is technically average but has good people skills and communication, the latter has more chance to land a job. In fact, a LinkedIn study showed a slightly higher preference for soft skills over hard skills among employers.Life skills deal with knowing to take care of your body, mind and soul. These cover various aspects of daily routines from hygiene, food and nutrition, medical basics, health, and so on. Soft skills are those that help you survive and flourish in society, be it communication, problem solving, organising skills, time management, prioritising, teamwork, etc. Being methodical and organised will not only get you to work on time daily, but will help you get the desired results much faster than someone who has all the knowledge but is totally disorganised. So also, one may know a lot but unless able to communicate this across effectively, through speech, PPTs or articles, it is of no use. Today, very few jobs are done in isolation, except for a few scientists at lab perhaps. This calls for being able to work as a team and collaborate. So also, knowing which task to prioritise is very important. Deadlines are strictly adhered to and require staff to manage time efficiently.On the job learningIt becomes clear how soft skills are as essential as hard skills picked up through attending classes or courses. However, soft skills cannot be taught. While some of it is inborn, much of it can be picked up from the environment. Exposure to job environments become very important. This is one of the focus areas of informal schooling where children move around people of different age groups and observe. Children learn by seeing and doing. Immerse them in an environment where they can pick up the above soft skills. Often this begins at home. Home schooling contributes largely to this aspect of education. It could be simple things like doing a chore together or keeping your cupboard stacked neatly. A leakage in the roof may require an expert but the discussion at home can include the children.We can help train our children in the basic ABC factors – appearance, body language and communication. The way you are dressed and groomed, your behaviour and the way you communicate have a strong impact on whom you interact with. Not just your clothes, but how presentable the overall image is, plays an important role at work. This is complemented with the way you behave. Being courteous, able to listen and not just speak, empathetic, friendly and approachable, honest, ready to apologise when wrong, etc are some behaviour patterns that children can pick up from watching adults. In communication too, the body language plays a significant role and can convey the ease and confidence of the speaker. Communication is often said to be 70 percent body language, 20 pc voice tone and only 10 pc the actual words. A voice that commands attention need not necessarily be loud. A clear speech with simple words can have more impact than high-sounding prose delivered in a monotone! Making eye contact is one trait that comes in handy too.Life SkillsSo, instead of breaking our heads on what hard skills will be relevant 15 years later, let us focus on what will still be. Like breathing! Yes, they will need to breathe so why not teach them techniques in conscious breathing that have been proven to aid overall health. As attention spans plummet, breathing practices can help the brain slow pace and become more sharp. This has been scientifically validated.Likewise, our children will still need to eat. But with soils being depleted of nutrients, and water polluted, what kind of future do they face? Why not show them ways to grow their small patches of vegetables with no chemical? Why not talk to them about various kinds of food and their impact? My son Sai has taken a course in Satvik food that educates children on what foods have a calming effect on the body and mind. Children can be taught to eat mindfully, instead of food on a plate in one hand and the mobile on the other hand.Small ways in which each one can contribute to make the planet a better place for all life, such knowledge can be shared to make them aware and act towards a prosperous future.Take your child to live in a farm or a forest for a few days and see how they pick up life essential skills needed for survival. Lessons in coexistence, teamwork, nature cycles, the role of the earthworm and the bee, mulching techniques, pest management, growing food, lighting a fire, the myriad of plant species and their interdependence, and much more can be learnt. And then, there is financial literacy we can educate them for. Making it a habit to save money is very important. Not only will this help one in times of recession with jobs vanishing overnight, but it will also give one the luxury of quitting a job and falling back on reserves, instead of continuing to work in toxic environments. It is imperative to have in bank a minimum corpus of six times your monthly requirement, always. We have learnt this from our experiences through the covid and other unexpected external pressures. The corpus is never touched, unless there is an emergency. At E Construct, this has helped us immensely to know we have a corpus fund for 12 months even if we fail to earn a rupee!Lifelong learningWithout soft skills you will remain a back runner always. When recession hit the job market, Sandeep lost his job but was not too perturbed as he was confident of the many soft skills he had honed up. Like the bird on a tree, we need to make our wings stronger rather than think of the branch we sit on. Let us train our children to be confident and courageous to take the right decisions for themselves.Yes, soft skills will take a longer time to be picked up than hard skills that need a short duration or course to be learnt. Soft skills are picked up from the environment around us and hence, home plays an important role. Soft skills are a lifelong learning process. Integrity, willingness to learn, open mindedness and adaptability are some personality traits one picks up at various stages of life and become your soft skills. Hard skills can be measured by tests but soft skills cannot be. This is also why perhaps an employer will prefer a candidate with soft skills and no hard skills as he can be taught the latter easily. One who is heavily equipped with hard skills but nil soft skill will be tough to train.Now let us look at regular school and home school to see which is more amenable to children picking up soft skills. The environment in an informal system like home school is such that opportunities are many for the student to pick up soft skills as well as the hard skills that he/she needs. The time spent in landing a job is comparably much lesser in home schooling than regular schooling. This is because in regular schooling so much of time is spent in learning so many subjects and hence, hard skills than one will ever use in one’s career. In a home school environment, children are immersed in the work atmosphere and are assimilating so many more soft skills as they watch and learn by doing things with people of different age groups. The hard skills and information they gather is restricted to the areas of their interest/aptitude. The run up from school to a job is much shorter.Any doubts still, on which one you want for your child???
Thanks and Regards,
The Life Engineering Foundation Team
….of your lives
Congrats! You are born into the most intelligent species on planet earth. How about learning to think and act like one?
As you know we have not only intelligence but the awareness that animals lack. Using these gifts, we can not only have a good life for ourselves, but also help other humans and creatures. Isn’t that awesome? To be a steward on the planet ship. You are born in an age where learning is much easy, given the technology around you. You can access any information you want. It is a quicker process with everything available on a click unlike in the past where books had to be hunted down physically. Asking teachers for book titles, then enquiring among many on where it may be available, again going back to the teacher for further guidance, can you imagine the time it all took?
Today, thanks to the world wide web, data is available easily and you can also access various interpretations of the same on the click of a button or a brief voice query to Alexa! It is all available at all times and any place, unless you live in Timbuktu or Pandora. But like anything, technology can also be used for right and wrong reasons. Distractions are plenty on the net. It is up to you to stay aligned with your area of focus.
But before you get there, it is important to identify yourself. Not through the lens of the world, but by looking within. Who are you, what are your dreams, your values, your desires and your passion. What is it that interests you? What is your unique potential? Or, in other words, what comes easily for you, what do you do best? Is it communication? Organizing? Problem solving? Analysis? Critical thinking? Once you identify this, you will need to spend some time picking up the required skills. Work towards realizing your dreams. Do not get lost in the world’s to-do list that places you in a uniform assembly line. You will end up with no excitement in life, no appreciation, nil joy.
When using modern technology, beware that you do not close doors on what is old and traditional. For instance, our Indian culture and heritage should be the foundation on which you build your life’s learning. Besides the glorious past where our sage thinkers had spelt out some of the most complex truths of the universe, we have the legacy of our sacred Vedas and Upanishads that show the path to enlightened living. To take a small example, when we join hands in a Namaste, we are acknowledging one of the greatest truths. The word and the gesture implies a bowing to the other person, seeing their divinity and recognizing it as a part of our divinity and the Universe. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Our Santana Dharma indeed has its foundation in scientific spirituality, and in every achara or custom/ritual prescribed, you can find a scientific truth. The constant refrain in our literature is never to believe anything blindly but to go by experiential truth. Our smritis in fact point to how any knowledge is the sum total of what is learned from the teacher, from one’s own self inquiry, from discussions with others and finally, by practicing it to see what changes need to be made to it.
The Indian history texts often gloss over the glorious past of the country and we only read about the various defeats at the hands of the Mughals and British. There was so much more to our past and you can read about it, though not in detail, in some books and online. Check this:While the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt have long been recognized for their celebrated contributions to civilization, India has often been overlooked, especially in the West, though its history and culture is just as rich. The Indus Valley Civilization (c. 7000-c. 600 BCE) was among the greatest of the ancient world, covering more territory than either Egypt or Mesopotamia and producing an equally vibrant and progressive culture. Be proud of our ancient culture, but also be open to the new. A blend of both can be the best of both worlds at your service.
Dear Children, do not waste precious time that you can use to learn simple tasks and become independent quickly. Have you tried changing the bulb at home instead of calling on dad for that? Or cleaning up, after a sleepover with friends? It is no different from the joy of learning to ride the bike. Becoming independent makes you confident. From plugging a leaky tap to teaching young ones how to play the flute, you can soon start earning your first rupee.
But, let not money define all your actions. Service to the needy and disadvantaged can give you immeasurable joy. To place a smile on the face of an old woman abandoned at the old age home, can have no equivalent in currency. The elders advice us to give away freely what we are abundant in. You children have carefree hearts full of playful spontaneity. Share it. It is a gift.
Finally, you have the golden opportunity to serve the planet. You can do it from your homes and schools. A bulb on during the day, a tap left open, plastic covers discarded carelessly, food that goes waste, etc. are things you can control without needing permissions or grants. We are living on a limited planet. There is no place for unlimited plunder of its limited resources. We need to conserve water, food and energy if we want to save some for the generations ahead. Start thinking creatively on ways to recycle, reuse and reduce resources.We need to take along all other species if we are to maintain ecological balance. Taking away the forests for our mines, roads and resorts, how can we complain when the wildlife come into our cities looking for food and water? Flying kites with manja (glass pieces) causes so many birds to be injured. For a mere thrill of cutting a competitor’s kite, is it worth harming the birds? Practice kindness. Violence only begets violence. Love and non violence nourish the divine soul within all of us.Look within. Know yourself. Follow your natural curiosity. Explore and learn. According to experts, all you need is one hour of study in your chosen field and you can master the subject in three years. There is a time to play, to laze, to sleep and a time to study. Learning is happening in all these times.If you are an explorer at heart, join us. We at LEF can guide you in your journey. Chat with bots, or learn how to face a bouncer in the cricket field. Try for yourself how to make a crispy pizza or what section of the IPC applies to the hit and run case. If CGI in Avtaar 2 mesmerized you, why not shake a fin yourself? Perhaps, you would like to lend a shoulder for staff in your dad’s firm and give some counseling? The sky and the ocean are no limits to what you can learn and achieve.
The options are many, the question is : Are you ready to take the charge ?
“To all you parents, dragging a bawling child to the kindergarten admission, onlyto end up after 22 years with a wailing adult.”
Lend us your ears for a few moments:
Wait. Before you hand over your child to the system. Think. Before you sentence the child to the rat race. Ask yourself what do you want for your child. Do you want freedom for yourself and your child? Freedom to explore the vast possibilities and true potential in life. Or, the ‘safety’ of a prison? That is the difference between a rigid system that believes one size fits all, and an open-ended self-directed learning. Look at the Time, Money and Effort invested. Now look at the output. Is it worth it? Look at the stress, blame and guilt you take on. Is it worth it?
After 22 years, and almost Rs 20-30 lakh invested, what have you got? A child who cannot fit the job market, and IF he does, is just able to take care of his family’s basic needs? Is it worth it? Are you sure what he learns today will even be relevant 20 years later? Why subject her to all the unnecessary stress?
If all you need are the certificates, the options are many today. There are NIOS and IB systems that allow the child to take the exams whenever he/she is ready. Why not invest your lakhs of money in some mutual funds or shares? That is enough to provide him his daily meal 20 years later. Anyway, that is all he ends up doing after 22 years in the system. For today, let him be free to explore the world through his curiosity and interest. Let her learn life skills that will help her every day of her life. Let him learn to question. To seek the answers. Let her learn to solve problems with solutions she designs. Let them fail and learn from failure. Let them be free. Let us join hands to facilitate self-directed education that makes every child self-reliant, self-governed and independent thinkers.
Let us free them and ourselves from stress, AND from the vicious loop that turns them into robots and then demands them to think differently. Let us give them the choice to be what they want to be. Let us not feed the school business’ that consumes 8 hours of our child’s waking time and still shifts the blame of his/her poor performance on us!
First you can unschool your child. And then opt for homeschooling or free schooling or self directed learning or open schooling. Choices are available. Are you willing to make the change? We can help.