The Challenge

What education ecosystem are we creating for children to acquire knowledge and skills for coming years?

The problem is:

  • Every country in the world is currently investing 3%-25% of their GDP in reforming education
  • We invest in the same education system from the past.
  • The jobs our children will be doing don't even exist yet. The education they are receiving now will be obsolete in 10-15 years down the line.

The Great Indian Talent Conundrum

“If we continue in the current pace, we would have a skill gap of 75-80% across Industry sectors. There will be people but with skills that corporate do not require, and jobs for which the right fit is not available.”
– India Skills Report 2014

The challenges lie in:

  • How to provide knowledge & tools to children, preparing them for a fast changing globalized economy with relevant skills?
  • How to contextualize local knowledge and heritage amidst globalization in education?

Challenges with Indian education ecosystem:

  • Top down, educator approach to teaching (for teachers) and learning (for students).
  • Grade focused evaluation of progress that can’t track successful knowledge and skills acquisition of students. A checklist approach to curriculum.
  • Credible organizations in India still don’t invest in quality learning spaces due to lack of understanding about the direct impact of a quality learning environment on children’s learning/ education.
  • Infrastructure for learning environment is still seen as a state/ government responsibility and not other players. Due to capital intensive investment and not recognised as direct outcome for student’s learning ability or knowledge acquisition, organizations don’t prioritise it or raise funds specifically for infrastructure.

The Solution

What are the skills & knowledge that children need to acquire through education?

Ways of Thinking

Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, Decision-Making & Active Learning

Ways of Working

Interactive, Communication and Collaboration, Cross-Disciplinary

Tools for Working

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information Literacy

Skills for Living in the World

Citizenship, Life and Career, Personal and Social Responsibility

What is a learning environment?

  • Architecture and space design
  • Products, interiors and furniture design
  • Learning experience
    • Support professional learning communities/ enable collaboration between teachers & students.
    • Expanded community and international involvement.
  • Access design
    • Allow Equitable Access to Quality Learning Tools, Technologies & Resources

Why design for learning environment?

Design led learning environment facilitates teacher and student, student to student learning to acquire knowledge, critical thinking and skills for future.

We also focus on integrating and executing our education approach of SHTAM to our design solutions. We are conscious of applying concepts of sustainability, health, technology, arts & maths into our infrastructure and learning environment solutions.

Maslow’s Theory – Hierarchy of need in learning environment

The Maslow theory helps to visually and in simplicity communicate the need of learning environment across stakeholders in Indian education ecosystem. Our target audience is diverse from low to mid income schools and their stakeholders, social sector, foundations to government, Member of Parliament (MPs) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) teams.

Maslow’s Theory – Hierarchy of need in learning environment

Impact of design on learning environment

The impact of design on learning environment works across levels and functions. The direct and indirect impact is more than the illustrated image above that covers not just the target beneficiaries (child, teacher, school) but also at physical, psychological, social, cultural and other criterias of impact that leads to holistic positive development of the child.