Mumbai, ninth February 2024– Hosted by Kids Education Revolution (KER), Teach For India’s international platform for student management, the Revolutionary Retreat is a one-of-a-kind house for like-minded and passionate student leaders to return together as a neighborhood and dream about a greater world. It is an area for college students across the nation to replicate on their very own management, construct the talents they should drive sustainable affect, and be part of a motion of leaders who’re reimagining schooling by means of community-level options for change.
This yr, the 3-day Revolutionary Retreat introduced together over 150 college students and educators from across India, and overseas (Malaysia, New Zealand, and Kazakhstan), at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Bhayander, Mumbai.
KER Revolutionaries, or contributors, are college students who come from various backgrounds engaged on a variety of changemaking tasks, coming together to develop and strengthen their dedication to self, others, and India. Through immersive studying experiences, collaborative areas, and reflective actions, college students embark on a private management journey that’s rooted within the concept of constructing energetic citizenship and giving again to the neighborhood. The Revolutionaries on the retreat are guided by student mentors, who’re paying it ahead by serving to a brand new set of scholars develop into empathetic, empowered, and assured young leaders. Anisha Ansari, a student mentor, shared, “It is a strong factor to see college students studying from one another, and serving to one another develop. I really feel like I’m a part of a neighborhood that’s working in the direction of the identical purpose – to construct a greater India”.
At this yr’s retreat, college students engaged in classes that constructed their understanding of design pondering and collective management, in addition to of Teach For India’s framework of the 8Cs – braveness, compassion, consciousness, communication, essential pondering, creativity, collaboration, and curiosity. Through hands-on actions that inspired youngsters to consider essentially the most urgent points that affect them and their communities, by means of experiential studying areas that deepened their understanding of India’s Constitutional Values and the function that they play in upholding them, and by means of a stimulating publicity go to to Mumbai’s Museum of Solutions – the young student leaders explored concepts of social justice, inequality, gender, discrimination, setting, and rather more.
Shaheen Mistri, Founder and CEO of Teach For India, led a session the place college students explored “India and the World”, fascinated with youngsters in battle zones, and the function that every of us can play in constructing a world that’s protected, equitable, and simply. Through the facility of artwork, expression, and collaborative pondering, she led college students to create an enormous mandala as a logo of peace and solidarity, that represented the thought of rebuilding and reimagining the world that our youngsters are rising up in.
The sixth version of Revolutionary Retreat concluded with a screening of the Conference of the Birds Film – a feature-length movie based mostly on Teach For India’s musical, that takes the viewers on a journey by means of the valleys of Justice, Equality, Liberty, and Fraternity, in the hunt for the true that means of India. As college students and educators watched this exploration of India’s values together, and mirrored on their understanding of our Constitution, the facility of partnership between college students and educators was highlighted as soon as once more.
This yr, the Retreat introduced together KER Revolutionaries who’re engaged on change tasks exploring themes like gender equality, entry to schooling, psychological well being and wellness, expression by means of artwork, and extra – whereas additionally inviting educators and lecturers who’re partnering with college students to create protected areas, amplify student voices, and develop holistic studying experiences. Through a course of that’s grounded within the apply of reflection, listening, collaboration, and motion, the Retreat sparked the need for change in lots of young leaders and educators who’re in our lecture rooms right now.