Contemporary system of classroom education focuses merely and solely on textbook knowledge. This often eludes students from applying their knowledge in their lives or learning from their surroundings. “Education is not just going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life,” believes mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi. Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE), a project conceptualised by Tata Trusts and implemented in Nagaon (Assam) by DEF, thus aims at transforming students into persons with critical thinking abilities through community-based projects for school students.
The objective of introducing community- based projects is to make students learn from their surrounding and apply their textbook knowledge in their daily lives. Through group learning, peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and digital presentations on topics of relevance, students are able build awareness about community issues and also create awareness in their community about the same. October saw students associated with ITE working on presentations on a range of topics, including their village, their school, artificial floods, village assets and child marriages.