A very Happy Children’s Day to all the kids and grown-ups who feel they still have ‘the kid’ in them.
Throughout Gyan Lab’s remarkable journey in the past 22 months, we have been blessed with the presence of over 700 kids around us and got the opportunity to directly work with around 450 of them so far. We feel happy that we got permission to play a part in shaping the lives of so many kids and the future knows how many more we will get.
A child is the storehouse of surprise, wonder and I am astonished, more often than not, about their varied abilities. Adults like us have been trained all our life to be horses with binders so that we only look straight into the path we have been trained to walk on. Kids don’t care about such a straight-line. I am fascinated especially by the thought-process of the younger kids who work with us. Seeing them at their tasks, you feel so connected to the Project Zero and the thoughts of Howard Gardner who had stated that a 2 year old child is 100% genius and a 20 year old is 2% genius. It is absolutely true.
This thought is always in our minds at Gyan Lab. We wish to be the facilitators to stop streamlining kids, their thoughts and their goals, and ensure that they get enough space to unleash their creativity.
We had also launched a competition for school kids on the occasion of Independence Day and it came to a conclusion today on the occasion of Children’s Day. The completion was about enabling and empowering kids to find a problem near them, something that was bothering them as individuals, groups or community. We saw participation from 39 schools from the districts of Udupi, Dakshin Kannada (Mangalore), Uttara Kannada, Chikmanglur, Mysore, Hassan and Shimoga and it was very interesting to watch kids actually work as leaders in our society. Finding problems and solving them without any aid from grown-ups. We had to find a winner and reward them, which was a part of the rules but we thoroughly enjoyed conducting this event for kids on a small level and will keep increasing the scale to give opportunity to a growing number of kids.
We also took a Student Survey about Gyan Lab from the kids attending Gyan Lab, collated the data and I will soon write about it – my chest swells up with pride every time I read the Survey. I am a happy 'kid' today!
This is all for now. Today, our office theme is ‘Being a Kid’ and we are working on the psychological factors of being a kid – trying to think and behave like one. So, wish us luck! ;-)
Written by: Priyadeep Sinha (CEO & Co-Founder of ADD-on-GYAN; Creator of Gyan Lab; Entrepreneur in Making; Mech engineer by education only; Makes and builds school experiments for a living)