Innovation schools in villages teach children to solve real-life problems | Rare Techy


Watch this video to see how Anil Pradhan’s Odisha Village Innovation School is helping hundreds of children learn how to solve ‘real life problems’ through science and technology.

The Indian education system is often criticized for its textbook-based learning. But a 26-year-old from Odisha is trying to break out of this box through his school for children in Odisha’s Baral village, which focuses on “solving real-life problems”.

Anil Pradhan, a civil engineering graduate and son of a tailor CRPF jawan.

He discovered his inclination towards technology and innovation at an early age. While in college, he built a satellite and designed a robot. After graduating, he decided to start a school on his family’s land.

The International School for Rural Innovation started with very few students due to its modus operandi. Anil says parents are reluctant to send their children to a school that encourages crafting and experimentation rather than textbook learning.

But now, there are more than 250 students who have no exams but learn new things everyday. The school is now affiliated to Odisha State Board and has 16 teachers or volunteers who are college graduates or final year.

“I was born in 42 Moussa and left the area to get a good education. But I don’t want people to migrate to cities for decent education. They should have that facility at home, especially the underprivileged students. I find that the traditional school curriculum puts a burden on the students. Such a system does not produce creative and innovative students who can find solutions for society. I started this school to address these concerns,” he said.

See how a ‘real-life’ rancho creates a school out of the ordinary:

Editing by Divya Sethu

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