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Sustainability is about simple understandings

For schools education should not just be about strategy but also about content. As rightly said, strategy can only help in the process of communication. Content on the other hand is about introducing concepts and building knowledge through them to create new knowledge. Resources, that enable learning to take place, technology that motivates young learner to engage in her learning through collaboration and school architecture that uses space as an instrument for creating a conducive environment for learning. Needless to say that the learner should be an integral part of it all.

The year in the life of a school is very structured and predefined into terms or semesters. We know when assessments will take place, when and how feedback will be provided, what are the instruments for reporting, yet time appears to be the single biggest luxury in the life of all the stakeholders.

It is quite paradoxical when the whole school apparatus is geared to provide a good learning experience to the pupils, then how is it that the recipient is so stressed for time. What then is the core need that needs to be addressed? Good grades, recognition, better admissions, are all tangible benefits. What about intangible benefits of education? Ability to remain motivated, manage time, acquiring problem solving skills, entrepreneurial skills, conflict resolution etc. are skills that somehow get left out in our schooling system. Would it be ambitious of me to state that if we were to invest a little time in developing intangible benefits that we could add more value to the tangible.

Schools must learn to break down the traditional silos that they work in to work more collaboratively to make education more sustainable. If the system does not help in building trust between all stakeholders, distribute adequate time between teaching and  testing, provide opportunities for knowledge creation and management through reflection then it cannot be termed sustainable.

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