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Kids Education Revolution

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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.
Wendy Kopp, CEO, Teach For All
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!

Wendy Kopp, CEO, Teach For All

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Innovation Overview

10 - 21
Age Group
37 195
Children/Users
10
Countries
2017
Established
Not-for-profit
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Updated on January 15th, 2021
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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. 


Research

HundrED Academy Review

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.

- HundrED Academy Member

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.

- HundrED Academy Member
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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See this innovation in action

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

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

July 2020
90% of our students lead their own projects of changemaking!
July 2020
Collaborations with 35 diverse organizations since 2017
June 2020
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
February 2020
Hosted 3 annual KER National Summits since 2018 which have directly impacted 1500 educators and 300 students
February 2020
3 KER Students have been a part of Teach For All's Student Advisory Council
November 2019
4 KER Students participated in the iCAN Global Summit in Rome organized by Design For Change
October 2019
Our project 'Musuem of Grey Sunshine' got selected for Teach For All's Network Breakthrough Session at the 2019 Global Conference
October 2018
4 KER Students attended Teach For All's 2018 Global Conference in Nepal
October 2018
Selected for Teach For All's Network Breakthrough Session at the 2018 Global Conference
October 2018
2 KER Students speak at the United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave (UNYCC) in Mumbai
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Learn more about our 3 Principles through online courses!
The true spirit and purpose of KER lies in our 3 Principles: Safe Spaces for Voice, Kids as Changemakers, and Kids and Educators as Partners. To know more about what these mean, and what they can look like in action, you can take the following online courses that we have put together.
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Understanding Student Leadership through Webinars
Over the last year, the KER Team has collaborated with multiple people and organizations to put together a series of webinars around Student Leadership. Watch the following webinar recordings to deepen your own understanding of student agency and voice.
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Learning Loop Discussion - how do you learn from students?
The KER Learning Loop, which was officially launched in August 2018, was conceptualised after recognising the need to learn from students and their journeys. This resource will guide you in understanding how to learn from students and their journeys.
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Learn how to host your own KER Summit!
KER Summits are spaces designed for educators and students to come together and listen and learn from each other.
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