Education today is anything but enriching. Knowledge is governed by Syllabus. Practical experience hinges on a 3 hr per week practical sessions in a lab, under close monitoring of an instructor.
We need to develop, and we are indeed lagging far behind. Developed countries are decades ahead of us and we point fingers at our dilapidated education system, saying we are not educated enough. Does the problem lie in our current education system or in the absence of ‘right method of education?’
While I was looking for answers to this question, I stumbled across a name – Bhoomi College. The name intrigued me. My initial thoughts upon reading this name – It’s a college of the Earth. Lame. But, when I researched more, I realised that I was nearly correct. Bhoomi College is a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore that serves as a gurukul for those who want to do something for the planet Earth.
Seetha Ananthasivan, Founder of Bhoomi College is an IIM graduate and has worked with WWF in the past. Her love for nature propelled her to do something to safeguard it. The rate at which we humans are degrading this planet created an unrest in her heart, motivating her to start this institution which teaches its students about sustainable practices and conditions their mind to innovate something sustainable. In short, Bhoomi College creates changemakers and Earth warriors.
In my chat with Seetha, Seetha talks about her motivation to start Bhoomi College, prospects and road ahead for those interested in learning about ways to solve socio-economic and environmental issues. Seetha unflinchingly, points out the flaws in the current education system, the need for self-initiated learning, where we are going wrong and how we can rectify this to lead the country on a path to accelerated development.
Some tidbits from the Hangout:
Students today want to be a part of finding solutions to the climatic problems that we face today
People today are not really connected to the land or to the community
We want to give students the opportunity to live out the way they want to learn
Education today is like this quote – if your only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail
For issue in education, people give more academics
When you had books, academics and exams for so long as your tools, how did the problem get created in the first place?
We are interested in creating and expanding communities
Nature is my great teacher
There is a lot of self initiated learning which helps students to build their intellectual rigour and not academic rigour
There is a need of looking through and thinking hard about various issues
One needs to live out their learning
35-40% carbon emission is because of food
Here’s the full Hangout: