when it comes to learning, every student is different. It is also imperative to note that with the advent of technology and new teaching methods, the young generation prefers healthy social learning environments, where they can be hands-on and directly involved in the learning process. They aren't interested in simply showing up for class, sitting through a lecture, and taking notes that they'll memorise for an exam later on. Instead, they expect to be fully engaged and to be a part of the learning process themselves.
When it comes to teaching in sub-continent, there is a lot of focus on getting 'good grades' rather than actual learning which very few intuitions pay attention to. Recently, the students of Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Ilmesters Academy - the first school in Pakistan to get authorised for IB PYP - carried out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition at Ocean Mall, Karachi.
It involved students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues and problems. Students collectively synthesised all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.
This time around, the students chose 'Climate Change' as an issue to be addressed for their Exhibition. They chose this topic keeping in mind the recent natural disasters like the floods that disastrously affected countries and others that have wrecked havoc around the world.
During the research phase, the young students found out different activities humans are involved in which is increasing the intensity of climate change. They realised that there was a little positive impact of climate change as well; but if compared, they are almost non-existent to the hazards that it poses. Students looked for ways climate change can be eliminated but soon realised that they can only work to mitigate it.
However, in the later part of the exhibition, the students not only came up with practical suggestions in order to bring about a change in the society but also acted upon them. They went to visited schools for awareness, participated in Clean Karachi Walk, wrote articles, made videos, planted trees, proposed use of renewable energy (like utilising human energy and wind mills), suggested tax to be imposed to emit carbon dioxide on individuals and factories, using artificial trees that can absorb carbon and give out oxygen and using three 'R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
Seeing the kind of initiative taken by the kids makes one realise that it is about time that we move from the traditional 'rattafication' system and enrol our children in an institution that cares that focuses on the concepts and builds good personalities.
- You! Desk