The Kids Education Revolution is a bold and ambitious collective of schools and educational organizations that are working towards reimagining education at scale and are driven by a profound belief in the power of student leadership. It aims to influence the conversation of what constitutes an excellent education by listening to and learning from our children and youth to fulfill the individual potential of each child and the collective potential of our nation.

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Learnings from Bengaluru Regional Summit

Theme: An equal partnership, a limitless education
Description: This Summit was unique due to the number of experiences it boasted of, including a Student Durbar, Tedx Talks, a Model United Nation and more. It provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with the kids one on one and learn more about their work!

This summit consisted of sessions and learning circles led by kids and a variety of interactive exercises. The experience clearly showcased the immense gratitude and joy our kids embody. The kids managed to raise questions which were thought provoking and indelible, proving once again that our kids are capable of a lot more, if they simply have our faith and our consideration.

  • All kids can.

We saw really young kids asking really meaningful questions and sharing their powerful journeys of leadership. Priya who is currently studying in Grade 3 and is 8 years old, very confidently facilitated a Learning Circle for both kids and adults. We learnt that kids don’t need to be older, or have high learning levels to be empowered.

One Teach for India Fellow, Karthik said, “There is a group of kids whose ideas and opinions often go unheard. I have to look beyond academics and behaviour if I want enable leadership”.

  • There is so much gratitude in our kids.

At the end of the Summit we saw all our kids who participated and came in as audience on stage, holding their solutions to Bangalore’s education problems and their ideas of a reimagined education proudly. We saw every child take the mic one after the other to say thank you and express gratitude to their teachers for giving them this opportunity.

  • We need to unlearn to learn.

We learnt that both adults and kids need to unlearn, before they reimagine education because both have been conditioned in ways that need to come undone.  Educators must unlearn to listen and learn from children and the kids must unlearn to find their potential and see their role as not only receivers of education but also as contributors.

  • KER is building a community amongst kids.

During the student panel we saw kids dialoguing with other kids and asking and answering each others questions which was so powerful. Fathima from CMCA said, ‘the aim of a platform like KER is to bring a diverse group of kids and teachers together who can engage in great discussions and share their thoughts and ideas on a reimagined education.’

Here are snippets of what we heard during the KER Bangalore Regional Summits:

‘How do we bring freedom to the class?’

‘Who decides whether education is important and what kind of education?’

‘How can we stop child labour with education?’

‘Do you just believe in the kids like me, the ones who stand on stage and speak in English? Or do you honestly believe in all your kids, even the ones who struggle a lot?’

As these experiences push our thinking and deepen our resolve about the power of student-led change, we’d love to have you join us at our KER National Summit in Mumbai this coming February. Don’t forget to check out what we learned from all our other Regional Summits too!

And don’t forget to check out what we learned from our Pune, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Mumbai Regional Summits too!