Our work with mainstream schools is two fold: one to work with the children using creative interventions thereby prepare them for inclusion and second is to support the learning of children who learn differently.
This aims to create readiness in schools for inclusion using the resources and the infrastructure that they have. Taking Arts based creative interventions into classroom settings looks at learning opportunities for all.
Nestled in the residential area of Sector 71, Mohali Smart Wonders is a happy and welcoming space. The ambience of the school promises to nurture each child’s aesthetic and creative horizons. The school is a center of inquiry, creativity and joyful learning, where students from different backgrounds come together to learn, to dream and to grow.
Students experience all the concepts through hand on activities and experiments. Knowledge is not just imparted but students are trained to experiment, collate information, draw inferences and to arrive at their own conclusions. We believe that real learning comes from doing things, taking the knowledge thus learnt and applying it in other situations. The school constantly remains at the cutting edge of technology both in terms of the latest pedagogical methods and also in the use of computers and information technology for teaching.
We began our impART sessions for the year 2018-2019 with Smart Wonders School, Mohali through a year long engagement titled ‘Creative Interventions in Re-imagining Classrooms through Dialogue Circles’. The aim of Dialogue Circles is to create opportunities for communication and learning for both adults and children and enable possibilities to achieve independence and empowerment. The objectives of our engagement are to comprehend how communication is enhanced and how arts can be used in working with children as a medium of communication to enable expression, respecting others, looking at the larger picture, understanding patterns, connecting with the receiver, understanding perspective, shedding inhibitions, judgements, making sense in randomness; to hold lightly the role of a facilitator and yet look deep into the process of facilitation through dialogue and discussion; to help challenge belief systems, push boundaries and create a symbiotic learning relationship within and with the world around, and through dialogue circles enable the same for the children. We flagged off the yearlong intervention with an enthusiastic group of teachers from Grades KG to X. The teachers experienced the dialogue circle for themselves and through the process discovered the ‘dialogue’ with self, the other and thus the children.
Shailaja Bedi of the team leads this Project at Chandigarh.
Over 200 children became a part of a unique session by Snehadhara at Insight Academy. The session focused on voice, rhythm, play and story.
We conducted a session on creative expressions using the body with the 4th-7th graders at the School of India. It was interesting to see how the children responded to group games and movement based learning.
The language of art event was at Sherwood High, an educational institution in Bannerghatta road. Facilitators from Snehadhara conducted interactive sessions with storytelling, drumming and voice and movement for about 200 children.