Importance of Learning and education in foundation years

The foundation years are the starting point of life’s lessons for our children. The stronger the foundation, the more impactful is the upbringing. The most mind-boggling question here is that we might talk of the importance of early childhood education theoretically, but how do we ensure that the early ages of learning are meaningfully imparted?

In the early ages, the mind of a child is full of imagination, whereby he/she is most malleable in picking up lessons through the perceptual mode of learning. Touch, feel, listen, observe, speak- are some of the strongest responses to the stimuli in the learning process. Social cognition is most effective through observational learning, where a child picks up knowledge from the surrounding, mentors, and peers. The mind of a child at this stage is free of any kind of cognitive schema and hence it is devoid of any bias and preconceived ideas. Herein, it reminds me of the saying that it is easy to learn stuff newly than to unlearn.

Remember that kids do not need to unlearn if from the first stance itself the learning happens in the right direction. However, questions and concerns pop up from the parent community as ‘what is the right direction and how it can be attained’?

The most meaningful education during childhood is to integrate the learning with life and surroundings, to make a child aware of his/her own identity, existence in time and space. It is very important to know the planet and to conserve the resources for sustainable use.

Note that from the very inception of the budding phase, it is imperative to tell the child about the utilisation of the resources belonging to the nature, the rule of nature and nurture, and to take up responsibility in becoming a compassionate, active, empathetic life-long learner.

I have hardly seen schools practically adopting the most salient model of early childhood learning. Nonetheless, it is a rare case scenario; it cannot be ignored that there are schools which envision themselves way beyond institutions. The passion, perseverance, and understanding of all the nitty-gritty of education have made some schools portray themselves as sustainable learning ecosystems.
The Green School Bangalore and The Bangalore School are some of the promising sustainable learning models for the children, which significantly weave the pedagogy, proprietary curriculum, learning objectives, and learning outcomes to be connected with the TGSBian profile in making each child grow up as a global citizen.

True that it may sound like jargon that many schools use in their vision of making leaders of tomorrow. Do not think along those lines.

The TGSB mission, vision, and learning philosophy are very realistic and sustainable in making each child walk through the pitfalls of resource utilisation, optimum ways of resource management, and conservation of nature and its life in making the planet a better place to live in.

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