Rang Bazar…Some of us who are interested in art, got together to learn and work more on art. We began with the question ‘how do we want this course to be? We had few choices – Conducted, or Facilitated or Organic or Online…..We choose Organic. Each one took the responsibility to bring one new technique to explore art. Also we decided to work on art installations – Mural, wall painting etc once a week.
Some of the members of the course who have not explored much art also joined us. When we were doing wall painting we realized that our specific needs to bring a specific art work will hinder their learning process.
We arranged for a special session for them ‘first to prepare for art session by self to be independent doer and then also identified a wall where they can freely paint without any instructions.
A little understanding of needs of each other, a lot of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, Rang Bazar adds color in our life every week at Aarohi.
At Aarohi welearn any concept or skill by taking up or joining a “course”. A Course typically is something that has a fixed time slot and a fixed frequency and is spread over a stretch of time attempting to cover a certain content. Moreover courses typify group learning. Courses at Aarohi can happen in the following four varieties:
- CONDUCTED COURSE: Somebody announces a course and teaches it (somebody could be another child, facilitator or an outside expert). (All follow the ‘teacher’). Here the teacher is expected to “know’ the content, while most of the learners would be learning similar stuff at similar levels. So in this case – the driver drives the car!
- FACILITATED COURSE: A facilitator announces a course – arranges and provides multiple resources – but no one teaches and each participant in the course can learn different stuff at their own levels. Aarohi facilitator’s role is primarily of an enabler and not necessarily of being a expert. So a facilitator does a fair amount of research on what all could be given to children and then may guide them to appropriate resources. However, each child here is driving his own car.
- ORGANIC COURSE: A group of learners announce a together-course. They decide to spend fixed time at fixed frequency and figure out different ways of learning the same thing (typically all at same level). Here Aarohi’s facilitator plays minimal role, rather the group co-facilitates themselves and takes helps of any external (to the group) agent on need basis. All together drive the same car!
- ONLINE COURSE:Finally one or few learners can together sign up for an online course (e-learning) or a workbook based course. The advantage here is that normally the flow and contents of the course are fairly structured (as in option #1 above), however the group is free to drive the course at their own pace (similar to option #3).Aarohi’s facilitator plays minimal role. This is like playing drive-a-car video game 🙂