“In the last five to six decades in education, as in all walks of life, we have moved from cooperation to competition as a model for living,” writes Asfa M. Yasin of the PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education in Bhopal, India. In the interests of developing an educational system that promotes values such as self-sustenance, happy and healthy living in a safe and pollution-free environment, India's National Council of Educational Research and Training proposed revolutionary changes in its National Curriculum Framework (2005), including the integration of productive work with academic subjects.
Based on Ghandian philosophy, “work-centred education” (WCE) would assign a central place for learning practical, work-related skills within the school system. In the process, students would develop an understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts, geographical, social and environmental issues as well as generic competencies, notes Yasin. WCE would provide opportunities for students to undertake productive work that not only unfolds their potential, creativity and innovation but also illustrates the “world of work” that exists around them.
Among its potential benefits, a WCE curriculum would replace rote learning with experiential learning, make learning more enjoyable, provide opportunies for enhancing creativity and innovation, facilitate employment, and instil values such as respect for manual work and workers, adds Yasin.
Based on their age and stage of education, students could be assigned to classes focused, for example, on learning a wide range of food processing, agriculture, technology, or arts and crafts skills.
The institutionalization of WCE in the school system “creates scope to ensure that from toddlers to teenagers, our youngsters are well equipped to handle life as it exists today and give them space for forging a desired future,” states the author.
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