This is an excerpt of the discussion I followed few months ago. I somehow want to share this with you as I feel you may get benefit of it. The theme of the discussion was "Education for Social Innovation". It was held by the Avenue School in collaboration with Center for Social Innovation. The talk featured Founders and/ or representatives of some social initiatives which support students and communities at large to reach their potential, fulfill their interest, and become actors of change on the issue they care about. They featured Do Something, the Future Project, Avenue School, Socent Core, Enstitute, and Mycelium. The talk is very fascinating as we learned in the class, that students shall be equipped with necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to bring change in their communities whether it is on human rights or other basic needs, because all of them are interrelated. Unfortunately not all school has capacity to do so, therefore there are various non-formal education approaches such as the initiatives above which provide alternative in achieving this goal.
Second, we discussed about what are missing from education system now. They see that trend of students drop out from school to pursue their own interest speaks clearly that market demands more from education (schooling). So how can we embrace this? Create things that before we ”certified” students that they are ready to enter ”the world”. Additionally, some core components in lessons also missed in many schools, such as: teaching empathy, compassion, problem solving, social intelligence, global citizenship, resilience, self reflection, among others.
Third, we discussed about what kind of methods should be given when we teach social innovation. Based on their diversed experiences, they highlighted several key points. First, it has to have balance proprotion between knowledge and direct experience (inside and outside of classroom). Second, it is important to apply empathy and respect (not only as concept), but also on how we interact with students. Third, all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, etc) should give and recive feedback among each other, understand how something can be failed, and open up to new opportunities. Fourth, we need to provide foundations on key skills set, then engage students in a dynamic way.