Honorable Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University, Dr Akashai Aggarwal, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the Summit. In his speech he laid stress on the need for innovation in our country and also congratulated IIRF and Design 4 School for taking the necessary steps in transforming the lives of thousands of students through innovation and design education both at College and School level.
Mr. Rohit Swarup, Chairman - IIRF, presented the Design 4 School Case study. He also drew examples from what various governments (UK, Singapore) and institutions like MIT, Stanford, etc have been doing to promote original thinking and problem solving among school children.
School children from IB to GSEB boards shared their experience of Design Subject and how it transformed their skills, thinking and attitude leading to – original thinking, problem solving abilities, apt decision making in a playful and creative environment.
Shri Akshai Agarwal felicitated more than 15 schools that have introduced Design Subject in their school curriculum through Design 4 School. Today over 10000 students from 40 schools in Gujarat & 5 in USA from various boards are benefiting from Design Subject intervention.
Senior academicians from various institutes like NID, MICA and IIM-A that form the IIRF Board were kind enough to enlighten the audience about the needs of the education system in India, and, what reformative steps can be taken to enhance it. They also shared their views upon significance and contributions of ‘Innovation-Design Subject’ in schools.
To give a flavor of Design Subject, Prof. Amar Gargesh IIRF Team member, took a workshop for Principals and Teachers on design, creativity and innovation which saw an overwhelming participation from all schools. Such ‘Co-creation Workshops’ have become extremely popular amongst schools. IIRF has conducted more than 50 such workshops across India.
These prove to be the most effective way of non comparative evaluation process in our education motivating children to aim for excellence in a sportsperson like competitive manner. After Every 2 Assignments there is a session of, analyze where children reflect upon the Evaluation of the past two assignments and consolidation of learning happens through two ways Question – Answers.
There is an exhibition at the end of the curriculum as well, it comprises of making of installation, its creation of back drop where in front of it is the story book or children’s’ tangible products are kept, in order to create a visual interest children do installation at the center. They learn about presentation & exhibition. Children make art installations. Craftsmen are brought in. Also children learn how to work with craftsmen. If children talk of food, they have to make installation of food behind the assignment, children may have made a story or a poster, they can make installation where bamboo or paper structure can be made.
They think of structures, hanging items, drawings, and visuals. It’s more of part of exhibition and display. Children groups can work on documentaries as well; either they make a drama or a documentary, this can run along with the installation. Children can shoot film clips, with help of experts. So at the end exhibition is very important as these things in isolation do not appear so great, but finally people get the feel of how it is been done, so the first impression is very nice.
Visit of the Chinese Delegates to the schools exhibition