Learning Space (MDLS) is a during-school and after-school program that provides
multi-dimensional learning opportunities for school children to explore,
experiment, discover, and learn in multiple ways.
The concept of Schools as multi-dimensional learning spaces is based on the foundation that
The vision of Schools as Multi-Dimensional learning space is to offer a wide variety of academic inputs and non-academic exposure to children so that they do well not only in studies, but also learn about themselves, discover their interests and abilities. Through this we hope to bring about individuals who are capable, confident, inquisitive and value aware.
Read our blogs about MDLS here.
View our comprehensive Career Options chart here.
According to the 2011 Population Census of India, 70% of Indians live in rural areas. Adult literacy rate is 74.04% and out of this, around 75% are educated only up to middle school or below i.e. only 18% of adults in Rural India have reached 5th grade or above. With limited education that the parents (adults) have received, families of such children are ill-equipped to provide necessary guidance to their children’s education at home. Since majority of these parents haven’t completed their schooling, it won’t be wrong to say that their children would hence be first generation learners.
According to the 2014 ASER report, 50% of children in Standard 5 could not read text from Standard 2. Also, 75% of the children in Standard 5 could not do a simple division. The report brought to front the lack of basic foundation in Maths, Science and Language for a majority of children in schools. There could be a number of reasons for this, such as the inability of the parent to guide children at home, rote-learning practices that are prevalent in our education system, understaffed team of teachers and lack of infrastructure at the Schools. So, there is a need to holistically work on this problem.
We have also noticed that teachers in most schools don’t customize their teaching based on the learning styles of the student. Humans as we know learn in multiple ways and most of us typically have a preferred way of learning. While there are multiple theories around this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles), the general acceptance and broad categories of learning are Visual learning, Auditory learning and Kinesthetic learning. If teachers adopt multiple methods of teaching, learning would be a lot more fun and effective.
Our end goal is to see every Government School in India setup as a Multi-Dimensional Learning space. We want to setup a model that can be replicated by the Government, the Schools or any other NGO.
Every school should be equipped with,
- A smart/experiential classroom
- Low cost Science/Maths lab and models for Social Science
- Computer skill and logical thinking exposure
- Improved reading levels both in mother tongue and English though a unique library program
- Teacher training, regular follow up and supporting digital infrastructure to enable teachers
- Inter-School competitions as a platform for hands-on projects and cross-School learning
- Exposure and counselling towards local economies and careers outside the local economies
We want to implement the model in a few taluks at scale and share the model and the results with those who are interested to replicate this model.
Structured Intervention for Higher Primary and High School
• Every school equipped with a smart classroom - Visual, Auditory and Experintial learning
• Every school equipped with low cost Math and Science experiment kits to aid experiential learning
• Every school equipped with functional, child friendly library focussing both on Mother tongue and English
• All High schools equipped with a low cost computer lab to explore the digital world and learn the concepts of Logic
• Teachers of each school trained on alternate methods of teaching
• Weekly/Bi weekly visits to every school to support teachers, reinforce training topics, answer questions and more
• Create a platform for every child to participate and show case their skill
• Exposure to available career options including local ecomonies to every high school child
Average costs of the project per year for a 3 year support
Rs 70,000 / school / yr
Rs 700 / child / yr
Rs 500 / child / yr
Rs 440 / child / yr
Rs 360 / child / yr
MDLS initiative started of as an after school program in 2011 with 100 students. Over the last few years, we have managed to scale our project across the entire taluk of Gubbi in Karnataka, covering 181 schools and 18,000+ children. We have also started smaller pilot covering 20 schools in Magadi taluk of Karanata. During the academic year 2016 - 17, our goal is to expand this model to Pavagada taluk of Karnataka and also into some schools of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
You can see our past Annual reports here
- ILP MDLS 2014-2015 Annual Report
- ILP MDLS 2013-2014 Annual Report
- ILP MDLS 2012-2013 Annual Report
- ILP MDLS 2011-2012 Annual Report