The new paradigm for growing up and education is: Every child must master cognitive empathy, and every teen must be practicing changemaking.
Ashoka Changemaker Schools is a global network that that aims to fill the gap between universal access to education and real, productive learning. Where the past few decades have shown remarkable progress in getting our children to schools, we also have to equip them to reach their full potential at school.
Changemaker Schools is taking this on in powerful and unique ways, leading innovative solutions that positively change how children learn (through play, peer-learning, arts, etc.) and what they learn (citizenship, changemaker skills, financial literacy, etc.). Changemaker Schools often works with teachers, government officers and children to enable them to play a larger role in the change process.
We run on the understanding that all children should have access to a learning system which is contextual, self-paced and dynamic. An education system which has different approaches, enables connectivity and nurtures basic values.
In India, the Changemaker Schools Program was launched towards the end of 2014 and in almost two years we have a network of 18 Changemaker Schools in India, and one in Nepal. These schools have demonstrated changemaking in their environments and all of them have impacted their communities in some form.
Ashoka India Changemaker Schools has also developed the Changemaker Growth Card, an indicator for school institutions to assess whether their students are developing the four essential skills of Changemaking – empathy, leadership, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. The data gathered from the Growth Card helps them discover their strengths and get powerful insight on where their youth perform within Changemaker skills.
We want to come together as a collective - leveraging our complementary strengths and networks - to shift the goal post of education and how young people grow up in India. In the next few years, our aim is to build strong partnerships with governments, teacher colleges, publishers so we can come together and prepare our children to thrive in our fast-changing world.
*We are not electing new Changemaker Schools at the moment. We will make an announcement when we are opening applications again!