Disha India Education Foundation is striving towards redefining education and learning based on the principles of Experiential Learning, thereby facilitating the reinvention of schools and our country’s education system
at large. The big idea is to construct a theory and practices of Experiential Learning and design an integrated experiential curriculum that uses real-life experiences from the child’s local context as a pedagogic medium
for developing knowledge, skills and character. The underlying assumption is that learning through real and contextual experiences has the potential of truly becoming a personalised learning for each and every child.
Secondly, teaching through real life experiences leads to an integrated and systemic understanding which prepares children for life.
For the last fifteen years, Disha India has worked intensively with The Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon on the design and implementation of the experiential curriculum and pedagogy in the elementary program. We have designed integrated learning expeditions that use experiences from the local context of the child as a source and pedagogic medium for learning and development.
Disha India is engaged in an action research to understand the Gandhian principles of Nai-Talim in today’s context i.e. how to use productive work as a pedagogic medium for teaching and learning in schools. We are working with Anand Niketan, a Gandhian school, in Sevagram, Wardha to design an integrated experiential curriculum that uses farming and crafts as a pedagogic medium for teaching and learning.
Disha India through its open program, Courage to Lead - a certified program in Experiential Education, works with educators and organizations to develop their capacity to design and implement experiential curriculum and pedagogy in their context. Courage to Lead was launched in the year 2008. Every year around 50 educators and organizations from all over India participate in the program and Disha India works with them intensively.
The vision is to build a community of EL practitioners.
Disha India designs and facilitates KHOJ Learning Expeditions for children, based on curriculum needs, children’s interest and life skills. Every year around 1200 students experience KHOJ as part of their curriculum. Some of the schools that have participated in KHOJ are The Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon, Bombay International School, Mumbai, American International School, Chennai, Daly College, Indore, DPS Surat, etc
Disha India Education Foundation is a non-profit social organization registered under section 8 of companies act, 1956.