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“Learn your way” awareness campaign

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Opened on:Saturday, 3 April 2010 - 7:57pm
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The students of CSIM, Bangalore, are organizing “Learn your way”, an awareness campaign for encouraging Open Schooling in Bangalore. This is an event

Paint, your way!

2 May 2010 15:00
2 May 2010 16:30

By Centre for Social Initiative and Management

in association with Builders’ NGV Club


Come, participate, and Win attractive prizes!

in 3 categories.

Age 4 -10

Age 10-16

Open category for ALL 


Builders’ NGV Club, Koramangala

3 PM on Sunday 2nd May 2010 

Please get your preferred medium of colors, we will provide you with paper to color your dreams!

"Learn your way" campaign - Participant Registration

Please reach out to the web link below at Eventbrite for registering yourself for the upcoming events within the "Learn your way" campaign.


Courses offered by NIOS

The NIOS - National of Open Schooling offers the following courses through various modes. See PPT attachment for all academic courses except vocational courses.

Open Schooling

For a detailed FAQ please check out and the PPT attached.

National Open School

Distance Education at Secondary Level in India: The National Open School.


ss87's picture

 Today the education system

 Today the education system has laid more emphasis on the marks and subject matter is completely forgotten at the end of the period. Students who try to understand are lesser because that is never encouraged-instead they have been asked to by-heart the things so that they are able to vomit the same in the answer paper. Marks are important but they havent been the measurement of the understanding but of how much students are able to cram. Many places students have been just asked to write whatever is in the text even if they are wrong as the evaluator will only rely on the textual content and not the actuals. This must not be the case. A person getting high class marks and ranks soemtimes do not actually posses the exact required knowledge. Languages are also taught at school but students actually do not learn the language-they only learn how to write the exam. It is time some major step is taken in this aspect to ensure that education lays emphasis on knowledge rather than emphasising on cramming. 

nl.srinivas's picture

Reinventing the wheel

I am against the very idea of change the old order bring in new order.  We need to just tweek the current system to make it more effective. Is it such a big challenge that it is impossible? You need teachers who understand what learning is and what independent and creative thinking is.

nali-kali programme is a very good idea but there are some issues with that. If we can sort them out I have no doubt it will be a very big success.

Why everyone wants to re-invent the wheel? When govt is encouraging private partnership in govt schools why cant the "NGOs" co-operate with the govt?



openminds's picture


Akila, you make some valid points on what our curriculums should promote, especially the one on self-expression.

The other day was traveling by train, came across these 2 kids (guess 7-8yr olds) - one lived in India and the other kid seems to have come for vacation from San Francisco. While the SF kid was able explain a complicated nintendo game elaborately, the other kid was unable to respond when asked what food he liked.

I don't mean to generalize but just wanted to bring about the pt that we've for long been appreciated for being passive. Kids are taught to obey, follow instructions, respect, etc at the expense of asking questions and learning to express themselves (without hesitation).

However I do believe things are looking up, with reasons ranging from the many learning sources to the ambitious education reforms by our HRD Minister.

P.S. One more thing, maybe we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously - fun should be the buzzword while dealing with children.

- Vinay

idontspam's picture

open vs mainstream

The fight between the open & the mainstream camp is bordering on the ugly. Some of the comments from the teachers of the mainstream camp is slipping the below the belt. I would rather let each other be. Best, a combination of both in proportions decided by the children(parents). I have chosen both for my child but I have to do them seperately as the educators have pitted one against the other as bad & good without options to combine.

Akhila's picture

    The curriculum does have



The curriculum does have quite a few shortcomings... It does not take into account the concept of Multiple Intelligences. It does not cater to different interests, different strenghts, different learning pace...


Luxmirani's picture

Some of the kids are

Some of the kids are overloaded in the current system. They might be having a different pace cause of which they might not be able to perform well. The current system does not allow a more flexible timeline for the kids to learn in their own pace.

Akhila's picture

What prevents our school from providing optimum value?




One main challenge is the curriculum itself. It promotes rote learning and collective thinking. We are llemings, we are sheep, we follow the flock.... The curriculum must promote self expression, individual thought, creative thinking....



openminds's picture

What prevents schools from providing optimum learning value?

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1. Infrastructural constraints - most often school premises are filled with children beyond their intended capacity.

2. Incompetent faculty - with all due respect, many schools don’t have the kind who'd go the extra mile to facilitate learning (viz. going beyond the syllabus, encouraging discussion)

Is it the lack of funds (motivation) or misplaced priorities by school authorities that is hampering the growth of our young minds? Or is there something else? Your thoughts please


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