Firstly, what is “bridging the learning divide?”
It means to fill in the gap,
now, what gap am I talking about?
It is the gap between a student’s performance and the knowledge he/she is attaining.
When I say there is a gap, I need to explain why I said it.
If you observe closely many students are getting 90% marks and great grades but when you ask them the most basic questions on any of those topics,
For example: ‘how much does the earth weigh?’
They are most likely to not answer because he/she has only learnt that the earth has gravity and that is why we don’t float in the air but the earth which is in the universe does not weight because the universe has no gravity so that is why the earth is floating in the universe.
When children are pushed to only focus on gaining marks, he/she will only gain marks but not knowledge.
Are marks important or is knowledge important? Marks look good on resume and knowledge is for a lifetime. And that’s where “bridging the learning divide” comes in.
When children are allowed to explore they tend to question more and find out on their own.
Young minds are brilliant, they have more energy, more time to create and analyze and all they need is a push.
Once Dr APJ Abdul Kalam sir said “one of the very important characteristics of a student is to question, let the students ask questions” and yes, we NEED to let the students question. Students will only question where there is an environment created to be more curious; environment enabling them to explore; not where students are given textbooks to read and write from.
Young minds need to be directed in a way they choose to collect knowledge and skills but not just marks because a knowledgeable and skilful mind is bound to do incredible work.
A great example of why skills are important to lead an extraordinary life is the story of Mr Arunachalam Muruganantham, he is a current and the most relevant example of why having skills makes a person great; He is now a social entrepreneur with literally no degree.
And the even more classic example is Mr.Dhirubhai Ambani, who was a teacher’s son failed in his 10th standard but now the biggest Indian tycoon and the mastermind behind the reliance company and he made it all with the skills he had in his hand and knowledge in his mind.
Now, the main question is why is our present generation have become job seeker and not job generators? I certainly would say is because of the lack of skills.
We at butterfly fields strongly believe in training young minds to be skilful and knowledgeable adults, we chose to bridge the learning divide by letting our children participate with our activities which in turn promote them to gain hand-on skills; creating scope to question and find the possible outcomes.
In conclusion, knowledge is the key to several locks and providing children with such knowledge is our only pleasure.