Head of Community & Media, HundrED Passionate about education, connections and collective power.
My name is Pukhraj Ranjan! I am an Indian educator based out of Helsinki, Finland, though I have spent most of my adult life in India. I am a Teach for India 2010 cohort and staff alumni. An Educational Leadership graduate from the University of Jyväskylä, I am currently working with HundrED.org as their Head of Community & Media.
I believe in education as a means of understanding self and reaching one’s true potential, edu-connections and collective power.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, photography, and ranting on my Instagram.Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?
Before joining HundrED, I worked as a teacher trainer in an Indian NGO and personally faced the dire need for excellent, ready-made resources and innovative practices for our schools and classrooms. When I heard about HundrED's mission to seek and share innovative practices in the K12 space, it felt like a calling and I knew I could help foster a community that collectively is going to change the face of education.How can education support students to flourish?
The world is changing fast and our education (school, educators, curriculum, pedagogical practices, etc. etc.) has the responsibility to help students flourish. From social media to social awareness skills, our students need it all to excel in the future to come. And for me it doesn't matter if you are a teacher, a parent or a businessman, it is OUR collective responsibility.What role does innovation play in education change?
Because the older methods are not helping the students reach their true potential, and there are better and smarter ways to teach a generation that will define our tomorrow! At HundrED, we know they are out there and we want to help share it with the world.Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)
Although I love and am impressed by every idea and innovation I have seen so far on the HundrED portal, I am particularly attracted towards innovations with a development cause. Ideas changing and challenging the status quo through global citizenship ideas, equity-based ideologies, and collaborative problem-solving approaches:
- Design for Change : Design for Change empowers students to be socially aware and proactive change agents in their community. Through undertaking self-directed community projects, children shift their mindset from "can I?" to "I can!"
- SHINE for Girls : SHINE for Girls empowers young women to value their own potential and capabilities within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by employing a unique curriculum that blends maths with dance.
- Speed School : The Speed School program employs an intensive, child-centered approach to reach the most marginalized populations, children denied an education due to poverty, conflict, or discrimination.
Just for Kicks: Just For Kicks is a Not-For-Profit organisation working towards developing life skills among children from low-income families, using football as a medium.
Science and Cooking: The Science and Cooking is an organisation which aims to teach the basic principles of science and cooking using each other. It explores the science concepts of heat, matter, living things, molecular structures, digestion, chemical reactions, along with the social science concepts of culture, diversity, health, historical events, geographical conditions. Also, the various cooking techniques of boiling, roasting, baking, frying, along with creating well balanced meals, and fixing common cooking errors.