Reflecting back at the Indian Homeschoolers Conference!

The first Indian Homeschoolers’ Conference under the umbrella of Swashikshan – the Indian Association of Homeschoolers, was held between 28th February and 3rd March at St Mary’s Villa in Khandala in Maharashtra. St Mary’s Villa is located on the hills of Khandala overlooking a valley. Two hundred people from all over India attended the conference …

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First All India Homeschool Conference

On February 28th 2013, a curious mix of families converged by road and train from various corners of the country.  There were families from Coimbatore and Chennai, Andhra, N. Delhi, W. Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Gujarat, and of course Maharashtra.  Contrary to popular perception, families came from diverse economic and social backgrounds, from farmers to businessmen, …

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Learning without schooling

This article was compiled after much deliberation on the Swashikshan online e-group, following individual responses to a questionnaire prepared by the author. It reflects the diverse, unique and vibrant flavours of the Indian Homeschooling Community – a community that celebrates learning and growing without school. Different Flavours of Homeschooling When P. Aravinda, from Mumbai, Maharashtra …

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Boards and Homeschoolers

“Okay, so you are homeschooling your child……but what about his future? Will he go back to school sometime? Will he take exams like other children and pursue further studies? Do colleges and universities here recognise homeschoolers? Will he get to do the course he wants to do?” So many questions….questions that many homeschoolers are often …

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Interview with Dola Dasgupta: Perspective on Living and Growing Without School

Right now, education, in India, is in the throes of change. The Right to Education Act was established recently. With it, comes a huge opportunity to abridge the stark isolation of some sections of our society. Also, the RTE will hopefully set the stage for some meaningful reforms, by overcoming ‘implementation devils’. The government-regulated change …

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Collaborative Learning

My current favourite definition of education is: Engaging with everything living and non-living. It is possible that in India our curriculum makers would, hearing this, jump to list everything living and non-living and then only consider our education complete once a student has engaged with everything. Finding this impossible, we could subscribe to the Indian …

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