Digi-Akshara

Virtual Gurukulam

Snehadhara is proud to announce Digi-Akshara-Virtual Gurukulum, a 25 hour online training programme in ‘reimagining therapeutic and learning spaces through arts-based interventions’. At Snehadhara we believe that there is power in the Arts to take care of the self so that one can extend that hand beyond oneself with a sense of lightness and ease. Creative Interventions give direction to the voyage of self discovery as well as deeper engagement with one’s purpose. The practices that emerge help to co create spaces that allow expression, compassion, empathy, reflection, joy and meaning in the course of learning. The practice allows wisdom and compassion to complement one another in a mindful balance.

 

Intent of the Training Programme

The COVID-19 situation has given teachers, practitioners and facilitators the additional responsibility of ensuring that the learning process is seamlessly carried out, in the absence of their usual tools and techniques. E-learning has emerged as the solution to teaching problems, but also thrown up newer ones. After all, e-learning isn’t just about making hardcopy material ready for online versions. It requires rewriting the order of your syllabi to fit the digital format, while foreseeing newer challenges and obstacles for the student and the teacher. This has to then be backed by training of the teachers and support staff for this new pedagogic practice. Alongside this, a strong data capture mechanism needs to be instituted to track and follow progress by the team.

The intent of Digi-Akshara is to replicate as far as possible the environment of a physical classroom, to retain the continuity for the child. COVID-19 isn’t going away soon, and social distancing will be the norm for at least 50% of the time. Thus, it is important to have a curriculum and content that allows the faculty to segue from a physical to the virtual mode without losing any desired outcomes for the child.

As teachers, when we care about how we teach, the intent of our constant endeavour and focus is the learning, for the children in our care as well as for ourselves. We are conscious of the fact that a teacher becomes a facilitator by understanding his/her own self before embarking on the journey of scaffolding another’s learning. From knowing oneself stems knowing the learner and helping the learner know themselves. That the roles of learner and facilitator are interchangeable becomes clear in the shared purpose of learning.

Digi-Akshara helps you recreate classroom experiences virtually, optimise the use of digital media and hone the sensitivity required to help students transition into this new setup. While recreating the same experience it is important to to not simply reproduce with the existing didactic pedagogical method but to innovate and bring in new and creative way for a “ubiquitous learning”

Digi- Akshara is a programme that attempts to train educators, facilitators, teachers into researchers and students of literature, support staff into willing participants in an unfamiliar space, and students into the most unlikely heroes of our times.

Training Content Design

Digi Akshara covers the following in a systematic and structural approach to enable the participant to create an e-learning space for children through the Arts. The purpose of this training programme is two-fold – Working on self and equipping oneself to facilitate classroom learning using creative interventions. This program is a comprehensive journey that allows the participants to gain insights into many aspects of teaching by providing them with experiential tools to create holistic e-learning spaces through the Arts.

Objectives of the Training Programme:

  • Integrating the Arts into teaching methodologies and therapeutic environments within classroom settings.
  • Experiencing and exploring a realm of learning possibilities using the Arts.
  • Using the Arts as a medium of communication, expression, respecting others, looking at the larger picture, understanding patterns, connecting with the receiver, understanding perspective, shedding inhibitions, judgements, stereotypes, thoughts, realities, problem solving, thinking out of the box, making sense in randomness, understanding leadership.
  • Holding our roles lightly as facilitators and yet look deep into the process. Understanding our mind, body and voice and employing them effectively to hone our craft of facilitation

Our sessions will be conducted using multi arts and play. Artistic tools such as Theatre and Drama, Stories-sharing and creating, Puppetry and role-plays, Directive and Non-Directive Play, Voice and Rhythm, Dance and Movement will be used to travel this path.

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A sneak preview from our training sessions

Details of the Training

  • This training programme is open to facilitators, educators, teachers,psychologists, Arts Practitioners.
  • The training duration is 25 hours.
  • The sessions will be on Friday evenings from 5-8pm and Saturday from 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm.
  • The training programme will be conducted virtually via a licensed online platform.

Dates for Batch 4

9th & 10th October, 2020

16th & 17th October, 2020

30th & 31st October, 2020

Fees

The batch size is 10 participants maximum.

The cost of this training programme is ₹ 7,500. This is inclusive of the demo practical sessions and the trainer observation-feedback sessions.

The fees need to be paid at the time of confirming the admission.

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Testimonials

A sudden shift to a virtual environment can't be easy. I really appreciated equal weight-age given to the technical aspects as well as the arts based content. The biggest takeaways for me is the importance of inclusion, with respect to the children as well as the art forms and practices used to facilitate the lessons.

Anisha Badri
MSC development Cognitive Science (Edinburgh), Bangalore

The biggest takeaway was the 'designing' of any art-based intervention session, and how much background work goes into it. It was a revelation and great learning to understand that the starting point of the design is not the art form itself, but the overall goal of the session. I will surely use this as the basis of designing sessions in the future.

Yashaswini Gupta
Research Fellow and Emotional Intelligence Facilitator, Delhi

In the training I understood why it is so important to put enough thought and effort into planning and designing and processes in place, so that the session goes without a hitch. The course got me familiar not only with the content but also with the technology used both by you and the client. Engagement with purpose' is a concept that came across strongly for me.

Suguna Challa
CCMB: Retired Chief Scientist, Hyderabad

Time Management and accountability i.e. punctuality, delivery of content and promptness with which sessions are dealt at the centre for children was something that stood out for me. Organisational skills: Depth of preparation and planning for each session is another take away which seems equally important for me. Apart from the technical aspects I carry from the sessions

Varahalakshmi Subramanian
Bangalore International School: Head of Department

Digi-Akshara started off as a way of engaging with SF, but right from the first session, it became an opportunity to learn and grow with others. I have so much gratitude for the entire team behind this program, who diligently worked to deliver a relevant course to us while giving us individual attention and opportunities to observe and learn.

Yashaswini Gupta
Research Fellow and Emotional Intelligence Facilitator, Delhi

Excellent teamwork by Snehadhara.Trainers were very informative, helpful and approachable. My biggest takeaway was the session design and the format while working with children in a group.

Harini Srinivasan
Development Psychologist, Bangalore

The training taught me to be technologically efficient at work. From the sessions I also got how to use the alternatives available in the best possible manner in a virtual workspace. The Trainer’s knowledge of the subject was excellent

Dr Pooja Chatterjee
Asutosh College: Assistant Professor, Kolkata
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How to Apply

To apply for this Course please send us an email to impart@snehadharafoundation.org to understand the admission process.

For any further details or queries, please feel free to reach us on 9880114551

Do drop a message on WhatsApp if you are unavailable to reach us during the day as we are in trainings and sessions all day. One of us will get back to you by the end of the day.

We at Digi-Akshara believe that in these changing times, the economy will also be in need of a revamp. Arts-based education, through the e-learning format, will power the creative economy.

ADMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR BATCH 4