Hello from us
Well, hello world! This is our first blog post, and to keep the tradition on, we decided to start it with a hello world post.
A little about The Wise Buddha project. We are a non-profit focused on improving learning outcomes of school children through the local language. By learning outcomes, we specifically mean Expression, Logic and Understanding. We even have a cool acronym for it – ELU. To achieve this difficult task, we have started by covering English, Mathematics and Science for school children from Std. 1 to Std. 5. More subjects and classes will follow in the coming months. We have created a great system, which can be used even for a school which assembles below a tree. We follow the government syllabus itself, but the quality of the deliverable content is very tightly controlled by us.
The results are very encouraging. In just a matter of a few days, we were flooded with requests from the teachers – yes, you read that right, teachers – to give us more subjects and to cover more classes. Parents of children (mostly first generation learners), visited teachers and praised them for the quality of education being imparted to their wards.
In what we expected to take a few months, the attendance grew to a near 100%. In a matter of 10 days. Attendance is very low especially in the public education system, with reasons like “bad economic condition of children” and “poor facilities”. What we found out is that the government is really giving everything to students – right from food, a roof over their heads to study, teachers, sometimes even some computer labs. The only missing part of the equation was focused quality education. Luckily, the government has identified this as a problem.
That is where The Wise Buddha steps in. In an English-crazy country, we still very much believe that education through the mother tongue is the most effective. There has been plenty of research which has been conducted for this. Not only that, it is the norm in all the countries on earth. Why should we be different? We have a rich local culture, which is bound by the local language. It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to tell us that children understand instructions better in a language which they speak and hear around them. And to be frank, most of the so-called English medium schools use the local language to teach anyway.
Thus, we have started on a upward quest to bring effective teaching to public and aided schools, which teach in the local language. Eventually, we target to make public schools as good as, or better than private schools. We’ve said a lot about “we”. Here is who “we” are. Basically a bunch of educationists and geeks, trying to create a better future for our future generations, working under the able guidance of Arpita Karkarey, a z-axis lateral thinking educationist.
Wish us luck for the coming years – it would be great to hear from you. If you are interested, we are always looking for young and enthusiastic people to work with us.