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 Chennai Regional Summit

Theme: Truth and Hope of Reimagined Education

Description: The Summit included a guided learning circle on student potential and and experience of current realities of different pathways. Audience was able to shadow student leaders’ work, interact with them, engage in meetings and gain an idea of how resilient and innately talented they are.

Between November and January, we have hosted 7 Regional Summits and brought together more than 1,500 students and 600 educators to listen to and learn from each other.

  • Kids are aiming to “solve small and dent big.”

As some of the young TED speakers put it, they have grown in confidence during their journeys and that’s led them to take on more responsibilities. Girls from the Chennai Primary School in Pulyar have been working on solving the issue that alcohol and smoking in their communities often leads to domestic violence. They said that “if we have courage and confidence, we can solve any problems in the world.”  This belief has been possible because they started small.

  • The city’s focus on social justice trickles down to kids.

Our staff in Chennai, and organizations like Bala Janaagraha have had a collective belief in social justice and the power of problem solving. As the KER agenda came alive, that came through in many of the kids’ projects and themes from the day. Kids who worked on solving garbage related problems said “you only need one idea and clear thoughts to change the world.” Kids have worked with lots of empathy on projects ranging from creating a safe and happy commute to school because of the number of road accidents, to the frequency of floods in Chennai and how these disasters impact their communities. They spoke about how “nature does not distinguish between the rich and poor like we do, and we as humans need to stop disrespecting nature because hurting nature is like hurting a loved one.”

  • Kids are thinking about bringing dignity to other kids in rural India.

Students from ASSEFA spoke about the importance of rural education and how their project has given them a chance to be confident agents of change. They said that “there need to be enough educational and job opportunities in rural areas so people there can live a life of dignity that we do.”

  • We all need to find joy in the process.

Kuldeep from Reap Benefit, who has been working on student leadership for a few years, shared some powerful reflections from his work with young leaders. He said that they all enjoy the process! While kids may face strugglers, hurdles and failures, they always enjoy the process much more than adults do!

  • Educators need to think of themselves as skill activators instead of just skill developers.

There are so many skills that are inherent in all of us – observing, being curious, taking risks, exploring, fixing things. Kuldeep spoke about how teachers don’t need to build these skills but instead activate them through different opportunities and platforms. If kids get more chances to strengthen what they already have, that will open up a whole world of possibilities!

  • As Surbhi from Reap Benefit said, “We need to unite to be problem solvers!”

Surbhi spoke about how she’s working on different solutions towards sustainability and how we need to think critically about WHY the problem exists in order to solve it. She mentioned the three steps to solve a problem:

i. Discover

ii. Investigate (where you spend your maximum time)

iii. Solve.

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