Disrupting school education is not an easy task and is very complicated and difficult to achieve. In fact, most of the involved stakeholders believe that disrupting school education using technology is either not possible or not feasible currently. They believe that e-learning may replace traditional schools but not right now. They believe that face to face teaching is a must to have feature in school education and almost all students would agree with this analysis.
And then Covid-19 struck and our ill prepared and reluctant schools were forced to switch to total online learning systems. It worked really well but out of compulsion. The real question is how many schools would like to do it on a voluntary basis once Covid-19 pandemic is over? Perhaps very few or none.
But the pandemic has taught us an important lesson. We can provide school and college education using e-learning methods and there is no way schools or colleges would leave or abandon this model in totally. It may be possible that they may not adopt it in its entirety but they would not reject it too in its entirety. Even if they wish to, govt has very strong reasons and incentives to continue the hybrid model of learning at schools, colleges, etc. The govt may even push for pure e-learning based education models on experiment basis for schools and colleges as that is the natural thing to do after the pandemic.
We at PTLB Schools have disrupted the K12 and school education in India by launching the STREAMI Project. Any disruption cannot be successful unless it serves larger interest, is voluntary, creates incomparable and unique attributes, benefits and advantages over traditional school education and methods and is readily accepted by the intended stakeholders due to its user friendly functionalities. We are proud to say that at STREAMI Project we have successfully met all these attributes of disruption. We are looking for a recognition of PTLB Schools and STREAMI Project from Delhi govt, CBSE, etc and if that is done we would transform and revolutionise K12 education in India.
We are seeking to bride the gap between educational capacity of schools and the actual and intended students seeking admissions. Every year lakhs of students apply for nursery admissions and not all of them get the same. At STREAMI Project we intend to serve such students who have been denied a chance to enter into formal education system of India. So STREAMI serves a great and larger public interest and it must be encouraged and supported by Indian govt and Delhi govt.
STREAMI is a voluntary project that intends to help various stakeholders instead of encashing upon them. Being a non profit initiative, its fees are very reasonable and economical as we do not need physical infrastructure and this reduces the ultimate fees charges. Poor and needy students are provided free of cost education thereby strengthening the Fundamental Right of Right to Education in India.
STREAMI (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Maths, innovation) is a unique techno legal initiative that possesses incomparable and unique attributes, benefits and advantages over traditional school education. We are disrupting school education by focusing upon practical skills that are in demand in current times and would be handy in future. Current education system for schools in India is purely academic and that needs to be changed urgently. The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) outlines the vision of India’s new education system and it should be implemented in all schools over India by 2022. STREAMI is working in that direction and has given an early starting to govt in this regard.
STREAMI is providing techno legal skills development trainings and online course that are very easy to read, discuss, understand and apply. We have launched a dedicated e-learning portal for STREAMI students. We are also developing their arts and crafts skills and have launched a dedicated Art Zone portal for them. Children are sharing their arts and crafts materials at the portal for a global audience.
We also do not intend to mug up the brains of students with theoretical concepts and we believe that credit points and grades are better options than marks. Also no student should be failed and minimum points or grades must be allotted to all students. Students kept in same class, at least for classes other than 10th and 12th, is a waste of time, money and resources that can be better used for new students.
Online classes must be supplemented with videos, Q&A sessions, quizzes, games, etc. Augmented and virtual reality will become mainstream in teaching in future. Virtual field trips, virtual group meetings, and virtual group learning would become common. Teachers and students would meet and interact in an online environment using avatars. We would use all these aspects and technologies for STREAMI. But, traditional face-to-face and social interaction will still be relevant and would be encouraged by us. We will conduct regional boot camps and lab-sessions where students will meet, discuss, and apply what they have learned online on assignments in practice.
The real world is the best place for students and teachers to engage, experiment, and co-learn and not classes. STREAMI is working to impart skills that are actually applicable in real world and can create meaningful pursuits and career opportunities for students. See you on the STREAMI Campus soon.