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Youth at Aarohi
Inviting youth of today to discover self via open Learning. In Open learning or self directed learning - you lead (or direct) your own learning. You decide what to do, when to do, how much to do and how well to do.
The idea is to create a space to explore the world around and to discover self. Discover your interest, passion and what areas you will like to dive deeper. Since there is NO outcome or result(s) defined or expected, you are able to dabble either into many things (like a butterfly) or drill deep into any one interest (like a bee).
You can take a break for a year (also called Gap Year) or experience open learning for few weeks or months. Remember allt he time you keep aside for open learning you need not be in Aarohi - you may travel to different places, you may do internships or be apprentice at some place ... the whole world is yours - you have to choose what you want to explore.
What you are doing is taking a break from conventional structured schooling or college to discover yourself.
Do see videos (click on thumbnails on thebottom of this page) of Aarohi youth sharing their experience of taking up open learning.
Why would a you take up OPEN Learning?
What OPEN YEAR would NOT include:
- No defined curriculum (you define own agenda or goals)
- Nobody directly teaching (you may seek teacher, guide, mentor, expert for a certain area)
- No one method (you may choose many or any ways of learning)
- No expectations, no performance criteria (you self assess via self reflection and feedback from others)
- No drawn-up schedule (you plan your schedule and routine)
- No pre-selected peers (child may work with people, experts or children or (m)any age
What self directed or open learning would INCLUDE:
What could be some benefits of any youth experiencing OPEN Learning:
This is little tricky to enumerate - for such may soon become expectations. So take this with a bag of salt:
What are common concerns or cons or disadvantages - see the following with our notes. Do add your concerns to the list via comments or email:
- What effects will losing few months or a year have on the child’s career?
First of all we don't think your child is losing a year. The child will be living this year ;-) It is an investment to your own life. So for all you know this time would be life forming. Yes the child might be a year behind in academics as compared some of his or her peers, and this might be important for you - in which case we presume open learning is possibly not important to you. However, if you think taking a gap adds more value than continuing relentless schooling / education - then this concern is in itself not valid).
- What if a youth wastes time doing / achieving nothing?
(Doing nothing itself can be rejuvenating. Also, in our experience, most of us by nature are doers and sooner or later they start with some action - though this may not match with the kind of goals, achievements and aspiration we may have as parents).
- How will the youth get back to conventional schooling / college?
(This is our experience is not that complicated. There are many schools / colleges ready to take children who have skipped a year. They may even be ready to take the child in the next standard (after a test), though some may insist the child to not count this open year.)
- What about peer pressure? What about everybody looking down on the youth?
(When one does something different, chances are that other people may take it differently. It's an important opportunity for you to understand what happens when others have different opinion.
- What if the youth regrets this later - especially if it parent’s idea.
(What if the youth regrets schooling / college later? What if the youth regrets any other decision parents make. See, any decision anybody in family takes can be regretted later - the point is to involve the youth totally and be aware of why the family is taking the decision weighing all pros and cons).