Project DEFY: Design Education for Yourself
Project DEFY: Design Education for Yourself is a system of learning that believes anyone can teach themselves anything by using the internet to find solutions.
What is the need?
India struggles with high rates of teacher absence and student dropouts in rural schools.
Addressing this means finding ways to educate young people without the aid of government officials and teachers.
We also need to explore different learning systems that allow people to learn for themselves - with the internet at our fingertips it's time to see what we can master.
How does this innovation address it?
With a computer at hand, the community customizes a makerspace that fits their own requirements. Projects can be anything - artistic, technical, or other - to fit each student's own learning interests and experience.
Students use the internet as their guide book for learning. At the makerspace all ideas and information are shared and can be further developed by the community, which in turn can find ways to boost their economy.
Everyone can learn and contribute, meaning all community members can adopt both the role of the teacher and the learner. There are no set roles or hierarchy.
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