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The Five Areas of Development is a holistic approach to learning for Cerebral, Emotional, Physical, Social and Spiritual development.

5 Areas of Development

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5 Areas of Development is a practical model that changes the focus of education to be more holistic. The goal is to show that education must help learners actualise their potential in Cerebral, Emotional, Physical, Social and Spiritual areas to help them become constructive, contributory members of their communities.
Arun Kapur, 5 Areas for Development Creator
Teachers ask students to demonstrate what they have learnt, transforming learning into something they want to do. Students begin to teach their peers and become leaders in their own right.

Arun Kapur, 5 Areas for Development Creator

Overview

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Innovation Overview

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Target Group
3 300
Children/Users
3
Countries
2015
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Not-for-profit
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133 400
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Updated on September 22nd, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

In an era of unprecedented change, particularly stemming from rapid technological progress, what can we do to ensure that learners have the skills they need in order to succeed in all areas of their life? What will the future look like? What are we preparing our learners for?
The Five Areas of Development is a wholistic approach to learning that helps learners actualise their potential.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The Five Areas of Development is a holistic approach to learning that strives to break down the silos in education and ensure the development of a learner in all Five areas of Development - Cerebral, Emotional, Physical, Social and Spiritual. Through this process of development, we hope to inspire our learners and equip them with the skills and processes that will help them navigate new content and challenges that the future might present.

The Royal Academy, a residential school in Bhutan, has developed a holistic curriculum focusing on the 5 Areas of Development. Each area is given equal weighting and the interconnection between all areas is emphasised.

The structure of the school day guides holistic development. The day begins with student-led group physical exercise followed by reflective mindful practice. Students then participate in learning experiences, which includes time in nature and engaging with the communities. The resources collected by the students during the nature retreat (week long trips into the nature) and food recipes, indigenous games, patterns, songs, dances and language from their communities become an integral part of the curriculum. Learners are able to flow between the learning experiences based on preference for teaching style should they wish to do so. Based on the individual passions of the students, teachers will provide feedback to the development coordinators to ensure the curriculum covers all areas of interest.

The goal is to help all students actualise their potential. There is a strong focus on assessing students against themselves, not each other through the creation of individual Roadmaps. Indicators of success outlined in the Roadmaps, along with anecdotes from self and teachers form the basis of assessment. Review papers individualised to the student and combination of domains and Areas of Development provide opportunities for students to showcase their growth. Teachers also focus on their own development in order to support this holistic environment, becoming co-learners in the model.

A brief overview of how the innovation looks in practice can be found - https://swiy.io/5Areas

A short video from the innovator, Mr Arun Kapur, can be viewed here - https://swiy.io/Innovator_hundrED

How has it been spreading?

Over the last two years, the innovation has been adopted by Pallavan School, Jhalawar, India and Paradise Valley school, Oman.

In 2021, the Ministry of Education, Bhutan is transitioning to the Five Areas of Development in Dechencholing Higher Secondary School and Wangbama Central School. The Five Areas will be adopted in 20 more schools in Bhutan in 2022.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Integrate the 5 Areas of Development into the school's learning framework

Integrate the 5 Areas of Development into the school's learning framework

Before adopting the 5 Areas of Development, a mindset shift at the school may be needed, along with some practical preparations.

Kindly refer to the documents shared and reach out to us if you need additional clarification.

Thank you!

Research

HundrED Academy Review

The holistic approach of this innovation can have a huge impact on student wellbeing and learning. It is also a low tech solution, which increases the scalability in low connectivity regions.

- HundrED Academy Member

I believe simple things as training for teachers are the greatest innovation! And the 5 skills are really very important for kids, for humans and humankind!

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
5 Areas of Development is a practical, multi-dimensional model aiming to address the needs of students through changing the focus of education. The concept, ideas and intention of the 5 Areas of Development could be easily used and adapted in other schools around the world to enrich any school curriculum.
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Achievements & Awards

July 2021
Five Areas of Development transitions to 22 Schools under the Ministry of Education, Bhutan
February 2021
The Five Areas of Development transitions to Wangbama Central School and Dechencholing Higher Secondary School under the Ministry of Education, Bhutan
October 2020
5 Areas of Development took part in the World Education Week
January 2020
Blockcerts issued to learners to enable them to take ownership of their learning achievements.
December 2019
The Innovator, Arun Kapur, has been awarded the Druk Thuksey in recognition of his extraordinary services to Bhutan by His Majesty the King of Bhutan.
August 2019
Scaled to Oman
July 2019
Summer Retreat for Teachers from Ministry of Education, Bhutan on the learning process of 5 Areas of Development
May 2019
10000 views
November 2018
HundrED 2019
September 2017
HundrED 2018
September 2017
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
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Integrate the 5 Areas of Development into the school's learnin...
Before adopting the 5 Areas of Development, a mindset shift at the school may be needed, along with some practical preparations.
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Create individual roadmaps
These roadmaps set out the plans and visions of each individual student and teacher at the school.
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Create a roadmap for the whole school
Begin the process of combining individual roadmaps to eventually create a whole school roadmap.
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Incorporate the 5 Areas of Development into the curriculum
Sports, reflection and contemplation are included in the curriculum every day, and nature retreats are organised twice a year to give students a different kind of learning experience.
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05
Redesign assessment methods
Through the 5 Areas of Development, a range of methods are used to assess learners' progress.
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Continuously evolve the curriculum
The curriculum is dynamic, with a focus on skills and processes over content.
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