Delhi’s Dreamcatchers Embody Listening and Learning
Last Sunday was unusual one that saw a healthy mix of students, educators, and partners come together to create a space where everyone practiced LISTENING TO and LEARNING FROM from each other. Here is a snapshot from the day!
The day began with our lovely student emcees introducing the audience to the vision for Teach for India, Delhi and how the day would help us bring that vision to life.
This was followed by few of our hidden talents, which showed the audience what is possible when one is given the right opportunities at the right time. These Bharatnatyam dancers from one of our classrooms are on their way to Poland to perform on an international stage and boy are we proud!!
90 min WORKSHOPS
This grand opening was followed by 90 min workshops conducted by students, TFI fellows, TFI alumni, our incoming cohort of 2018 fellows, and partners.
The day featured Mrs Sohail Hashmi, Mrs. Anupa Lal, Ms Shagufta Ali and Mr Rajat Jain narrating stories of Delhi and how it came to be what it is today. Students also had the opportunity to talk about social-emotional learnings at an open mic by local partner, Light Up- our partners truly created an experience to remember. Students from Slam out Loud in Sangam Vihar as well as Chattarpur talked to the audience about a variety of topics from dealing with adolescence to the power of the spoken word. Our alumni on one hand made us reflect about life and the purpose of it and on the other helped us shake a leg through a dance workshop. From storytelling to coaching, our alumni are truly widening the scope of this movement. As if this wasn’t enough, our lovely incoming cohort of fellows (who are yet to step into their own classrooms), lead us through experiences on the power of body movements for expression and using design thinking to solve real-world problems.
The spaces truly showed us the power of EQUAL PARTNERSHIP and how, as one fellow put it, “teaching and learning is never a one-way process.”
Truly a favourite of everyone’s day was when we saw different groups of children and adults showcasing their learning journey in numerous ways- from art exhibitions, to jewelry workshops to flash mobs and Nukkad Nataks (street theatre) to some really cool scientific inventions- what we saw pushed all of us to think beyond what is possible.
The busking space showed us how enabling collective leadership is actually quite simple- all we need is a platform for everyone to share their VOICE.
All this was made possible by the tireless efforts of this lovely team of incoming 2018 fellows who embarked on this challenge three weeks before their official entry to Teach For India. We cannot wait for the magic they will create in their classrooms in the next 2 years.
Written by Sushruti Sachdev