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Kids Education Revolution

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We reimagine education WITH children.

Across the world, students, who are the primary stakeholders in the system, are for the most part mere recipients of an education where their voices are often marginalized and suppressed. At KER, we believe that this can be changed by creating safe spaces for voice, working in partnership with children and by helping students unleash their potential for a better world.

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Overview

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2017

Established

37.2K

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10

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Not-for-profit
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
I left KER wondering how we can engage with many more educators all over the world in such a powerful experience. This could be foundational for the educational revolution we want to see!

About the innovation

Welcome to the Kids Education Revolution!

What we do: 

At KER, we aim to create a movement of students and educators who reimagine education together. We believe that this movement will lead us to our vision which is - 'All kids will unleash their potential for a reimagined world.’ 

KER is a platform for educators and students to explore and experiment with 3 Principles and a set of skills called the 8Cs (described below). This exploration is done through discussions and different virtual and in-person spaces such as webinars, online courses, retreats, workshops, summits and also through sharing of resources from our website and social media.

As mentioned above, our work is anchored in the learning and building of 3 core Principles:
Safe Space for Voice: We believe that a safe space is a place where kids can be who they are and say what they believe. Equally, it is a space where they practice listening to what others say without judgment and valuing others for who they uniquely are. Safe spaces can look like honest conversations, circles of dialogue and listening and classrooms where mistakes are integral stepping stones to learning.
Kids and Educators as Partners: We believe that partnership in education is where educators and students listen to and learn from each other. It shifts control and decision making from being in the hands of the adult to sharing power and responsibility with students. It enables students to play a role at all levels of the education system in determining why education matters, what education should be and how it should be delivered. Partnership can look like peer-to-peer learning or mentoring, students actively involved in school governance, students speaking at education conferences and students advising the government on education policy.
Kids as Changemakers: We believe that when kids identify a problem they care about and go through a process to find a solution they grow in their learning and leadership in unprecedented ways. We have seen children of all ages and diverse backgrounds engage in community change and grow both as students and as citizens in the process. 

Additionally, the skills or 8Cs that will ensure that our students and educators thrive in the 21st century world are:
• Creativity
• Collaboration
• Critical Thinking
• Communication
• Compassion
• Courage
• Curiosity
• Consciousness 

All of this, along with the need to bring change through the approach of love will help us reimagine education.

Why we do it:
We exist because we believe that the purpose of education needs to change as it is currently not setting up children for success. Over the years, we’ve seen that the quality of learning in schools remains low, graduation rates limit further life choices, adults do not listen to children, and that holistic education is still a nascent thought for many. The vast majority of our children will therefore grow up ill-prepared for a life of economic equality, personal fulfillment and broad contribution to the world. 
Our children tell us that they want education to be different. They want an education that gives them freedom of choice and equality to work in partnership with their teachers, an education that cultivates compassion, trust and joy, an education that gives them a safe space to be their authentic selves and to raise their voice, and an education that is fun and gives them access and exposure to opportunities, arts and sports. 

Thus, KER is a bold collective of students and educators who look into the mirror, knowing that we must reimagine education to create a better world.

Our hope for next year:
KER will become a recognized global platform that works towards driving a reimagined education for all children. Through students in governance, and amplification of innovations, we will feel the ripples of change all around the world as the 3 Principles and 8Cs will become the new normal for the 80,000 educators and students we work with. 


Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Kids Education Revolution is a platform that allows our students and teachers to flourish developing 21st century skills. They focus on student and teacher collaboration to work towards more impactful learning experiences. Their goal is to become a recognised global platform that works towards driving a reimagined education for all children through more student centred learning.

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I love how their approach is focused on working AUTHENTIC PARTNERSHIP with students. By exposing young minds to the work that KER does we can inspire them to view education with a whole different lens. can 100% see this innovation being very helpful in my own community.
Inspiration - that's what I feel about KER. If there are such projects as KER, we can have a hope that the education in the world will be changed for better.
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Media

KER Live
While we are all supporting each other through this lockdown, here are some virtual spaces we are hosting that you can engage with so we can continue creating safe spaces for our kids and educators, build partnerships between kids and educators and enable kids to be changemakers. The following are all the KER Live spaces -KER Kids Exchange - A virtual space for kids to come together and engage in meaningful discussions related to community, leadership, and ways to deepen their own projects as a means to build the 8Cs. This space is hosted over Zoom Meetings at 4 PM IST on alternate Saturdays.KER Masterclass - A series of Instagram Live sessions which will be a space for anyone to learn new skills from our KER Revolutionaries on various topics. This space is hosted on Facebook Live every alternate Friday at 6 PM IST.KER Chronicles - A series of Instagram Live sessions where kids hold a safe space for each other to express themselves through art or any other form they'd like. This space is hosted on Instagram Live every alternate Friday at 6 PM IST.To find out more details about each of these spaces, follow us on ourFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/KidsEducationRevolutionInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/kidseducationrevolution/
KER Regional Summits
Regional Summits are events hosted across cities where we explore the KER Principles and different approaches towards reimagining education. These events have sessions, workshops and exhibitions aligned to the theme of the summit. Another feature of these spaces is that they are in partnership with students - in design and facilitation. In the 2017-2018 Regional Summits, over 600 educators listened and learned from over 1500 kids’ views of an excellent education and experienced student voice and agency in action! The 2018-19 KER Regional Summits took place in 6 cities across India and saw participation from a total of 840 educators and 1036 students!
Museum of Grey Sunshine
The Museum of Grey Sunshine is a pop-up, immersive space where people can experience the truth of educational inequity. Participants enter the museum and go through simulated activities including being a student in a classroom driven by rote-learning where a teacher humiliates students, looking in a mirror to ask themselves if and when they have hurt a child, listening in a dark room to the messages we give our children that inflict stress and pressure on them. Participants leave the museum knowing that the system is doing harm to our children, and that they have a role to play to fix it.Click here to experience the Museum of Grey Sunshine - https://youtu.be/e38FWgUOGG8
KER Retreats
KER Retreats is a space where we bring together students and educators from diverse schools and organisations to reimagine education. The purpose of the retreat is to deep dive into exploring the three KER principles (safe space for voice, kids and educators as partners and kids as changemakers) and the 8Cs (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, compassion, courage, consciousness and curiosity), strengthen our understanding of each other's work and build a local movement of change makers that can leverage each other towards a better world. 
KER Student Learning Loop Discussions
The KER Learning Loop culminates in the National Learning Discussion which takes place at the KER National Summit every year. This discussion is aimed towards unpacking each student leader’s journey and drawing trends to find out the factors that enabled their growth. Through the discussion we try to achieve the following objectives: - Recognise the importance of reimagining education with students- Identify the enablers that foster students to reimagine education through analysing artefacts and rigorous dialogue- An understanding of how to implement the learnings back into one’s own context
Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth brings to life the Circus that is education. Created to be the “Greatest Show”, the education system fails to deliver on its promise of unleashing each child’s potential. While designed to be the largest system in the world to deliver on our dreams, most children leave school confused and ill-equipped for a life of joy and purpose. A circus that brings to life our children’s real-life stories of the truth of the education system, leaving us with the haunting question of whether each of us will play our role in making education truly The Greatest Show on Earth.Here's the documentary of the Greatest Show on Earth!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsg7Js3FQxk&t=190s
Fellows of the Future
The Fellows of the Future is an ambitious program, grounded in the unshakable belief that all students have the potential to be changemakers today! As the name suggests, this track is an attempt to build the competencies our students would need to be teachers, from a young age, so that they can amplify their impact over the years.
KER Week
This is a week long experience where kids and educators come together to learn and understand how to reimagine education. It is an array of sessions and experiences that build a sense of possibility as the participants learn from real life examples of kids, educators and organizations who are working towards creating safe spaces for kids and educators to work in partnership with one another so that kids can be change makers to make our world a better place. KER Week 2020 brought together 600 students and educators from around the world to engage with the ideas of student voice, leadership and partnership towards changing the purpose of the education. Watch the KER Week 2018 Highlights here -https://youtu.be/62CqDjCW_Q4
KER Night
It is a night of celebration! Hundreds gather to celebrate student voice, understand its importance, and through this widen their sense of possibility that all Kids and Educators can and will Reimagine Education. Student voice holds the power to transform us and our education system if we just listen. "KER Night was amazing. I actually saw the vision of Kids Education Revolution come alive. I saw how partnership between Kids and Educators can bring about great changes. The Performances and Student-Educator Panel really helped me understand why there's a need to Reimagine Education." - Arpita Mandal, KER RevolutionaryWatch the KER Night 2020 highlights here - https://youtu.be/VWoiFVPl-HU

Implementation steps

Learn more about our 3 Principles through online courses!

Safe Spaces for Voice - Through this course, teachers will understand why safe spaces are important for a student’s growth and mental health, and will also learn how they can create such safe spaces for their students. Teachers will learn different strategies that will help them provide emotional outlets to their students and encourage the students to express themselves freely. 

Kids as Changemakers - This course on Changemaking will help teachers explore the need for students to work as changemakers while learning about how this impacts both the students and the community around them. They will deep dive into the skills, mindsets and knowledge that students develop by working for change. They will also be equipped with actionable resources to take this idea back to their classrooms.

Kids and Educators as Partners- Through this course, teachers will explore what working in partnership with our students can look like. They will understand the role of student voice in driving meaningful learning experiences as well as explore toolkits that will allow them to do so.


Understanding Student Leadership through Webinars

1. 'What Teacher Practices & Perspectives Grow Students' Leadership' by Steven Farr, Lead, Global Learning Lab, Teach For All  

2. 'Using Design Thinking with Students to Solve Local Civic Problems' by Kuldeep Dantewadia, CEO and Co-Founder, Reap Benefit

3. 'Defining, Teaching and Assessing Students' Critical Thinking Skills' by Jeff Heyck-Williams, Founder and Director of Curriculum, Two Rivers School Public Charter School, USA 

4. 'Fostering 21st Century Skills in Virtual Learning' by Craig Johnson, Alex Ray Johnson and Mario Fishery, American School of Bombay 

5. 'Integrative Arts: Nurturing the creative process as a tool for transformation' by Nimo Patel, Musician and Humanitarian 


Learning Loop Discussion - how do you learn from students?

Across India, there are students who are leading peer counseling sessions to deal with exam-related pressure and starting community centers to drive adult literacy. Deeply rooted in empathy and a belief in the transformative power of education, these students' projects are getting us to wonder - what are our kids doing to reimagine education? and what are the factors that have enabled these students to reimagine education?

Here is what we learned from our 2018 discussion -

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZBlfunczl-t63c4J9ySsuJniMUb9yfDX/view?usp=sharing

How can you learn and listen from kids?

There are two ways you can engage with kids using this resource -

A - Conduct your own Learning Loop discussion in your classroom or school!
The few kids whose stories we have documented can be found in this video playlist

  1. Go through the above videos and student portfolios and pick 6 or 7 profiles that you’d like to discuss. 
  2. Next, select a balanced group of students and educators that would be a part of the discussion.
  3. If you are conducting this discussion at the classroom level then, make sure you are inviting other educators such as other teachers from the school to join the kids in your classroom.
  4. If you are conducting this discussion at the school level then, create a mix of students and educators from other classrooms.
  5. You would need a total of 15-25 kids and educators that are balanced in gender, caste, race and age. 
  6. Send the videos and portfolios to the selected group a minimum of 10 days prior to the discussion. Instruct the participants to place the students on a spectrum from 1 to 5 where 1 will be a student whose values we most aspire for and would want to learn more from. Make sure that you also share the following as prework for the participants to complete before the day of the discussion, and ask them to answer the following questions for each and every question - What can we learn from students most reimagining education that unleashes student potential and voice? What are the factors that have enabled these students to reimagine education? How can we foster an environment for more students to reimagine education?
  7. Divide the participants into small groups of about 5 people each; these will be the groups they’re in for the entire discussion.
  8. To conduct the discussion, you can refer to the following - Session Plan and Presentation. The discussion consists of selecting students and narrowing down the list to two students which might make you uncomfortable but keep in mind that this is the part where the most learning will emerge. Towards the end, the group will spend time discussing the commonalities between the top 2 students and how they can take these learnings back and apply them in their work.
  9. Be sure to put your learnings together and bring them back to your kids and educators.


B - Create your own Learning Loop!
The entire process is a fascinating experience and a great opportunity for you to learn more about your students and document their stories. 

  1. Identify the students whose stories you’d want to capture. 
  2. Spend some time documenting their stories in the following ways -
    Videos:
    We took video interviews of the student leader, their educator, peers, and parents. You ask them questions on what inspires them, what they’d like to see in the education system, and about their life/project so far.
    Student Portfolio: Ask the kids to put together different artefacts that would capture their journey - their personal vision, the change-making project they’ve taken up and an online psychometric test. Ask them to fill in this portfolio
  3. The next step of the process would be to organize a Learning Discussion, for which you can follow the instructions given above


Do share your learnings and experience from the process with us!

Learn how to host your own KER Summit!

Click on the link given below to learn how to create your own KER Summit through a simple design thinking process of Feel, Imagine, Do and Share. 


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