PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a. Design thinking workshops, year-long curriculum, school challenge, celebration and publication of stories
b. across 35 countries
c. throughout the year
d. different activities have different time durations. However we keep our activities simple and less time intensive.
e. Dfc trained professionals
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
Technology has made knowledge an open source entity, children no longer have to wait for an adult to be introduced to new content, in both positive and negative ways, they are empowered to find out things on their own. Moreover with creativity taking precedence in businesses has also pushed for a similar focus in education as well. Within Indian context, National Curriculum Framework 2005, has been able to emphasise on learning through curiosity. The elimination of assessment through end year exams in India has allowed for fear free learning and joyful classrooms.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Learning should be a natural process rather than being a forced activity or a burden on children. Just as naturally as children enjoy playing, they should be allowed to have the joyful opportunities of learning. Learning through play builds from children’s curiosity and gives them a chance to discover their own strenghts and passion. Learning through play allows children to experiment, to fail and try again as it removes all their fear. This has a positive impact on their social emotional well-being as well. Therefore learning through play is the only true means to learning.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
Private Individuals: 20 percent
Corporates: 60 percent
Awards/Grants: 20 percent
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
Design for Change is a non-profit initiative. Our basic content on the design process and participation is available in different languages for free and is open to all for development. We believe that everybody can be a changemaker and should have access to the tools to be inspired and take action to shape the world around them. To sustain our work, we have put differentiated prices.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
DFC has developed a 30 hour curriculum for teaching design thinking to eighth grade students, we would like to spend the funding in refining the curricula and developing it further for middle school grades. We would also like to use the funds for research on the impact of DFC Curriculum.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
Design for Change became a global movement because of its committed partners across the world. We believe in forging partnerships for growth and therefore DFC is an open source idea. Within India, we are able to reach 30,000 schools through our education NGO partners who implement DFC in their own schools.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
We have initiated collaborations with Mapyourworld.org whom we got to know through the Ashoka Network. They also work on empowering children by giving them an opportunity to create a better world through mapping a problem.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
DFC Curriculum would have achieved incorporation in education curricula across the world allowing children to graduate with tools and confidence to make the world a better place.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
DFC Curriculum transforms both students and teachers. It builds the I CAN spirit in children, and allows teachers to see the potential in their students through the change they are able to bring. This brings significant changes in the classroom environment. We would like to gather more data on the manner in which children learn 21st century skills while doing the DFC curriculum.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.