Explorers Outdoor Ed is a research driven organization that aims to complement classroom education with education focused on building Life Skills. UNICEF uses the term "life skills" to refer to a large group of psycho-social and interpersonal skills which can help people make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and develop coping and self-management skills that may help them lead a healthy and productive life. In 1989, UNICEF linked life skills to education by stating that education should be directed towards the development of the child's fullest potential at the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This is what Explorers strives to achieve for each child who comes on our program.
The Programs at Explorers focuses on equipping children with key survival techniques like self-awareness, goal setting, self-motivation, managing peer pressure, resilience etc.
Classrooms across the country primarily use a 'Banking approach' to education - a term coined by noted the Brazilian educator and critical-pedagogy theorist Paulo Freire. He used the term to refer to a style where 'a teacher holds all the information or knowledge and deposits it in a student'. While this approach is suited to certain streams of learning, it is unable to encourage the development of vital skills such as persistence, determination and self-confidence.
Explorers' education model is based on the 'Diamond model of the philosophy of experiential education' designed by Christian Itin. A key dictum of the model is that 'the experience itself is the core learning'. The Explorers model recognizes this fact and uses the 'outdoors' as a medium to create powerful learning experiences for its participants in a simulated environment.
At Explorers we lay emphasis on creating the right environment and identifying the relevant learning outcomes to maximize the learning and the transferability of the learning to real life. Our commitment therefore starts before the actual design of a program; we begin with talking to the teachers and participants taking their input to create a customized program to meet group specific needs. The long-term multi module programs are also followed by a rigorous post program effectiveness assessment to refine the methods employed in subsequent interactions.
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