Applying design principles
Bringing our design ideology of impact centric design (inclusive approach of social, economic, ecological & cultural impact on design process) that looks at design thinking, design ideations to prototyping our designs that keeps child in the centre of our user experience.
In India, applying design principles can be varied and highly contextual to a project brief/ requirements. We have applied simple design ideas in low income school or budget projects to complex design ideas or experiences to cater to broader requirements on a learning environment. We have applied ideas across the world in our Indian context, specifically looking at visible thinking processes and tools that bring immense value and impact for our design solutions for education infrastructure and learning products. This brings value in design solutions and shift in behavioural experiences in a phased manner than a sudden shift in learning environment to help target stakeholders to adopt new experiences more easily.
Few examples of design principles applied by Poorna Kaksha:
- Layout design for more inclusive and interactive learning among children
- Shapes, forms, colour principles in learning environment
- Adaptable furniture and infrastructure for multiple learning tools.
- Cognitive experience with product, furniture and space. Including access to lighting, fresh air, natural views, water.
- Visible thinking tools and ideas applied to physical learning environment, infrastructure and learning aides.
One of the fundamental inspiration for our design approach in Poorna Kaksha has been about bringing quality access of infrastructure and learning environment to children and the overall education sector. We believe children need access to quality infrastructure and a stimulating learning environment that impacts their learning and overall education as much as we need quality teachers and curriculum in India. Research has proven that children learn from each other and by themselves apart from what is taught by teachers. Providing that access of quality learning tools and physical environment will directly impact learning outcomes of children across age groups in schools.
The right to access of quality infrastructure for rural, inaccessible schools and low to mid income schools is critical and can improve the overall learning outcomes across regions.
With the Indian government initiatives for Digital India and bringing greater access of technology, we need to create innovative and scalable quality school infrastructure that can integrate diverse technology within the classrooms and overall learning environment. Technology infrastructure is still not considered as a policy execution nor has it been executed across school/ education formats at scale by larger education players among low to mid income schools in India.
Equality in education and equitability in infrastructure access for children and schools across income groups, economic class, communities and regions in India is still an idea on paper. The physical and psychological comfort that a quality learning environment can provide a student and teacher is big and can go a long way in delivering quality learning outcomes. The rising inequalities across countries and within India is the lack of equality in delivering education across social, economic and geographical strata. Education in India is the starting point and the biggest hope for parents from lesser privileged backgrounds to provide their children with hope of a better quality of life. It is our obligation to make quality education accessible equitably to children from lesser privileged backgrounds that equips them for quality livelihoods, income and life.
Execution & Scale
Poorna Kaksha is focused about the importance of execution in design, projects and scalability of our design solutions cutting across various social, economic, geographical and cultural constraints. Our approach to design solutions is to integrate practical user experience, maintenance, transportation, implementation of diverse infrastructure needs as part of every project brief. We also see our design solutions being implemented at scale keeping the production requirements, costing and quality delivery as top priorities.
Given the large diversity and reach in India, to execute our vision of equitable and greater access of quality infrastructure for schools / learning environment will require our ability to operate at scale.