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What is Sustainable Education and Why is it Important?

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We live in the era of Information and Technology. Today, we are surrounded by knowledge and have answers that were once even beyond imagination.

What is the Earth made of? How does the moon taste? What are stars? How do Robots work? We know all this today but at the cost of our natural resources. For centuries, we have been burning through our resources in order to satiate our undying curiosity. Now, just like Robert Frost, we have reached a fork in our path and must choose which road we must take.

Sustainable Education or Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) promotes the development of skills and values required to create a sustainable future.

Sustainable Future

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So, what exactly is a Sustainable Future? Well, it refers to creating a future in which we are no longer threatened. A future that ensures environmental protection and conservation, promotes social equity, and encourages economic sustainability.

[Economic Sustainability promotes using, safeguarding, and sustaining resources (human and material) to create long-term sustainable values by optimal use, recovery, and recycling.]

In many ways, Sustainable Future does seem like a utopian society, and hence, a pipedream. However, sustainable education is something that will help us close this gap.

A Sustainable Future is a necessity to ensure the survival of Earth and its denizens. We are bound to run out of resources. Therefore, it is important to put our future needs ahead of our current needs.

~Here is an article from UNESCO on the importance of Sustainable Education.~

Tips for Teaching Sustainability

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All the tips that I’m about to mention are from an excellent research article you can find here. I will be shortening the points in order to try to get them across easily.

1. Student OverLoad

Firstly, teachers should see to it that students don’t get overwhelmed or depressed by the global environmental crises. Emotional overload can make the student feel powerless or even resentful, which can disrupt the learning process.

Instead, teachers should discuss environmental success stories. This may include discussion of environmental policies or movements that have succeeded in mitigating pollution, conserving resources, or promoting ecological resiliency.

2. Quality of Life Issues

Students learning about environmental issues for the first time can easily feel that their entire lifestyle is threatened by resource limits and the environmentalists who champion living simply.

Furthermore, educators can sometimes add to this sense of threat by taking a moralizing prescriptive and unyielding approach to more sustainable lifestyles. 

Therefore, a better way to approach the issues is defining happiness and quality of life.

3. Things to Teach

Firstly, teachers must engage the students with group discussions. Doing so will allow cross-communication among them. This can also lead to problem-solving sessions and debates; teachers can also assign group projects for this.

Teachers must also teach students to analyze data for themselves. Rather than just reading about data, they should have the ability to decode data and analyze it for themselves. This will not only give them insight but also empower them.

Spend time investigating the historical origins and conflicting uses of environmental terminology such as “sustainability,” “environmentalism,” “stewardship,” and “nature”.

Some of the topics that are important here are:

* Precautionary Principle

The precautionary principle states that, if an action risks causing harm to the public or the environment, and there is no scientific consensus that it is indeed harmful, the burden of proof that it is NOT harmful falls on those taking the action.

* Interdisciplinarity

A critical and thorough understanding of issues related to environmental sustainability necessarily involves contributions from a wide variety of disciplines. Therefore, learning about the interdisciplinary nature of sustainable actions is necessary.

* #Envision2030

Finally, let’s talk about Envision 2030. In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The new Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

Of course, Sustainable Education is necessary for us to achieve these goals, everyone should be educated about them and actively work towards them.

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The Sustainable Development Goals are:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal

Conclusion

I hope you understand the dire need for Sustainable Education. The good news is that we are close to our goals. The more people who support sustainable Education, the closer we get to saving our planet. So, let us take the pledge to promote Sustainable Education and be sustainable in our daily lives.

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7 Learning Styles You Need To Know

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein

Every student is different and learns differently and must be taught differently so that they may learn and understand the world around them. This is where different learning styles come into the picture.

In this article I will be exploring different learning styles, analyzing, presenting my thoughts as well trying to find if any one of them is a superior style of learning.

Before we begin, let me preface this by saying that these 7 learning styles that I am going to talk about are not absolute. According to different sources, the number of styles ranges anywhere from 4-8, 7 just seems to be one that sits with me the best.

And of course, I recommend that you do your own research. Let’s go!

Visual Learning Style

It is the model in which the learner needs to see information in order to process it. Visual Learning employs the use of graphs, maps, charts, diagrams, etc.

It is an advantageous style since in a general lecture a student might get distracted and miss out on a part of the lecture. However, using visual learning, these learners are likely to have a photographic memory and may use color, tone, and brightness to recall information. In the visual learning style, educators can teach and learners learn from even YouTube videos.

Visual Learning, however, can also be strenuous, since a lot of people do not enjoy drawing diagrams and poor diagrams will only hinder understanding; the same goes for inaccurate diagrams.

Aural Learning Style

The Aural Learning style is one in which the learners are able to absorb knowledge by listening. These are the people who are able to pay a lot of attention in classes and are able to answer concepts after listening about them.

It is seen that these learners are also proficient in language and acting, and are able to follow instructions to the point. Many school systems follow Aural Learning as it is much easier to apply when teaching.

A lot of subjects are taught exclusively in aural mode with the students having the option to take notes (higher classes).

Verbal Learning Style

In this Learning Style, the Learners prefer speaking out in order to remember concepts. Verbal Learning is similar to Aural and generally learners who are good at these, excel in school.

Verbal Learning is a good way to practice concepts and language at the same time. People efficient in this learning style tend to be good writers and actors. Some students also use Visual Learning along with Verbal by associating a place with a thing.

Physical Learning Style

Physical Learning refers to a person’s ability to process information physically through hand and body movement, control, and expression. It is also known as Tactile-Kinesthetic Learning Style.

In some ways, all children are natural physical learners. As babies, they rely on their sense of touch to grasp new ideas and concepts. If a child learns best by immersing himself in physical activities, he’s kinesthetic. These kids like to move and get their whole bodies involved in activities.

An example of a kinaesthetic learning experience is when a child learns to use a swing or to ride a bike. It is unfortunately a Learning Style that schools do not focus much on.

Logical Learning Style

These learners can make connections and recognize patterns with ease, and work well with numbers. They have a very systematic approach to learning and are excellent at keeping organized.

They make good scientists and mathematicians as these students are easily able to understand complicated concepts of Mathematics, Science, and Coding.

Among other learning styles, logical learning is one of a kind, as it is more of a skill that needs to be honed over time. This is a skill that can be developed over time with consistent studying and logical problem-solving. Personally, I would suggest playing strategy games like chess (not expert advice).

Social Learning Style

Social learners are typically strong at both verbal and nonverbal communication. They are often the people who listen well and give advice. Professional areas to consider for social learners include counseling, coaching, human resources, and sales.

These learners are extroverts and are very social. They work well in teams whether as a leader or a member and generally this is where they shine the most.

Again, this is a skill that is developed by interacting with the public and undertaking group projects.

Solitary Learning Style

Solitary learning style is the opposite of Social Learning; learners of this style work alone and are generally introverts.

They hardly talk to anyone and never want to participate in group projects, rather choosing to their projects on their own. They might be social in their free time but like to fly solo.

A prime example of solitary learning style is private tutoring and homeschooling, where children are mostly the only student. These learners end up being better at teaching and learning in a one-on-one session.

Conclusion

At the beginning of this Article, I said that I wanted to find out which style is the best. However, it seems impossible to judge that.

Each style is useful and important; each student learns differently so for each student the answer is different. I don’t like anticlimactic endings but it seems that I am at a stalemate here.

If you enjoyed this article, drop me a comment; See you soon!

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NGOs That Are Working Towards Better Education

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At the time of writing, there are an estimated 10 million NGOs (non-governmental organizations) operating worldwide. An NGO is a non-profit organization that works independently of any government, carrying out a wide range of activities for the benefit of underprivileged people and society at large.

There are more than 600,000 NGOs in Australia whose employees make up 8% of the country’s workforce whereas in India there is an NGO for every 400 people. (3.3 million approx.)

NGOs are also strengthening today’s education system in various parts of the world; since they are independent of the government, they are free of any education system/board, which has proven to be a blessing.

Foundations working for education (ex: Oxfam) play an important role in supporting the most vulnerable children access their Right to Education.

Why are NGOs necessary?

NGOs are important for providing education, especially in countries where not everyone has access to education, due to either “tradition” or lack of funds.

Therefore, they help provide these people with the education they need in order to live a happy life, the government also supports NGOs with various schemes.

NGOs generally identify the most vulnerable children and help enroll them in schools under the Right to Education Act. Oxfam, for example, also provides gap classes for students who have missed a few years.

How do NGOs Work

NGOs take up and execute projects to promote welfare of the community they work with. Different types of NGOs exist which deal with different aspects and sectors of society, including community based, civil society, environmental, educational, etc.

NGOs are funded through membership dues, the sale of certain goods and services, however most of their funding comes from philanthropic foundations, donations and grants from local and federal agencies/private companies.

Such organizations seek out people who need help as well as people who want to help the less fortunate, hiring as well as working with these people for the benefit of everyone.

Notable NGOs

Here I am mentioning a few notable NGOs, along with that there are links present where you can donate to them, even a little makes a difference.

BRAC

Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. It is the largest NGO in the world. Apart from Bangladesh, BRAC is present in 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and America. As of the end of 2012, it had more than 22,700 non-formal primary schools with a combined enrolment of 670,000 children

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is Global Non-governmental, Humanitarian Aid organization. The organization has claimed to have aided over 220 million people to survive conflicts, seek improvement, deliver development, etc.

Mercy Corps’ SAFE (abbreviation of Supporting Adolescent Girls’ Future through Second Chance Education) School program helps adolescent girls from vulnerable households get admitted to schools.

Oxfam

Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organizations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, led by Oxfam International. It is a major nonprofit group with an extensive collection of operations. Oxfam has several Education programs and runs its own bookstores.

World Vision International

World Vision International is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. It prefers to present itself as interdenominational and also employs staff from non-evangelical Christian denominations.

World Vision runs a child sponsorship program that aims to help needy children, families, and communities access clean drinking water, sanitation, education, skills for future livelihood.

Providing Education

NGOs use a lot of different and innovative ways to provide education. Apart from enrolling children in school, they hold regular counselling sessions to encourage parents to send their kids to school.

Oxfam, for example, also has management committees made of teachers, students, and parents. This committee helps take accountability in children and school’s development and also hold skill-development workshops.

They also follow a few more strategies such as supporting paid volunteers from the communities in order to check the dropping out of children; providing in-service training to teachers; or supporting the management of schools.

Most of these are carried out on the basis of a formal agreement with the state governments.

Conclusion

NGOs provide opportunities and help people who cannot help themselves. They not only provide education but, at large, give someone a new lease on their life.

The sheer number of NGOs implies that there are people who care. People who are willing to do something for others and not expect much in return. With the right support from the privileged, these NGOs get to continue doing what they are doing.

Thanks for reading folks, drop a comment if you enjoyed the article; I will see you soon.

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Top Online Learning Resources Your Child Needs

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The Internet is a vast place that enables students to find all kinds of online learning resources that allow students to learn. However, with a platform this big, it can be hard for students to navigate and find resources that are actually helpful.

So, here is a list of 10 Online Learning Resources your Child Need.

Top Online Learning Resources

Online Learning Resources are Assets present on the internet which help a child learn and grow. They can range from videos to magazine articles and more; in the more recent times online learning resources are more useful than ever.

Since, most people are spending a lot of time at home; these courses can therefore provide students a great learning experience.

For, the purposes of this list I will be listing websites that are useful for students.

Udemy

Subscription Price-US$19.99 per month

Udemy is one of America’s biggest online course provider. It is mainly focussed on coding skills, teaching basic and advanced courses in several important coding languages.

Apart from that though, Udemy also provides courses in Design, Photography, Business, etc.

Udemy is extremely popular and it has a neat interface which is easy to use.

Coursera

Subscription Price-US$39-79 per month

Coursera is one of the sites with a dizzying amount of content, you can learn a lot from this site.

Coursera features a lot of things from Data Science to Health to Learning a language.

It does have a higher price point and the interface is not always the best (especially on mobile) yet still, the amount of content justifies the price point more than enough.

Skill Share

Subscription Price-US$15 per month

And here we have Skill Share, pretty sure you knew this website from the number of youtubers who get sponsored by them.

Nevertheless, Skill Share has around 20k courses of different subjects and is very useful in our current stay at home times. The interface is clean if a little confusing but very nicely designed.

It also features a ton of hobby courses, allowing students to focus on non-education related courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare

Subscription Price- Free

This is an online resource site run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology(I swear I spelt that right on my first try), should I anything say more?

Ok, but still; one problem here is that the site features undergraduate and graduate level courses, so you will not find something like Guitar classes here.

Still, the site is a goldmine and one which every student needs to visit.

Fluency&Fitness

Subscription Price-US$5-15 per month

‘Brain Breaks’ is the word of the day.

The site uses a variety of teaching techniques and is a site available to be used even for kindergarteners. It generally features K-12 Education content which is taught using a few unconventional techniques which the site will tell you plenty about.

Overall, It is a good site to revise concepts as well as learn new ones for school students, and with a good price it could be a very useful tool for the growing mind.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Subscription Price-US$5.99 per month

The people who made your pencils also make your courses now!

Scholastic Learn at Home is again mainly for school students and features courses that help them learn, you will not find anything out of the ordinary here, nevertheless, the courses feature reading, hands-on activities, and videos, helpful for a growing child.

LinkedIn Learning

Subscription Price-US$29.99 per month

First off, the interface is excellent, easy to navigate and also gives you almost all the information you need for the course.

It also features a variety of courses and the huge diversity of courses in admirable, LinkedIn Learning however is focussed on skills related to your job and education, which means you will not find anything hobby related here.

Apart from that it serves as an excellent platform for learning.

edX

Subscription Price- Free*

edX courses are technically free, but students will have to pay a low fee ranging from $50-$100 to take a “verified certificate” version of the class, which includes a verified certificate as well as graded homework during the course and unlimited course access.

edX is created in collaboration between MIT and Harvard, should I say more?

Again though most courses here are for undergraduate and graduate students, nevertheless the courses here are very helpful for any student trying to learn and every student should visit the site at least once in my opinion

Khan Academy

Subscription Price: Free

Khan Academy is the name that comes to mind when people think of free online learning resources, and there is a reason for that.

The site has helped millions and still continues to do so, it is one of the best places to learn. It boasts a large library of content as well as some really remarkable teachers.

Learning with Tutor Here

Subscription Price: Free

Finally, not to toot our own horn, Tutor Here is an excellent choice to kickstart your learning journey. Here, learners can explore a variety of courses, blogs, and workshop recordings. What’s more? We hold weekly yoga sessions that can care your mind as you consume knowledge.

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10 Netflix Shows That Accelerate Your Learning Process

Netflix is currently the world’s biggest online streaming platform and for good reason. The site boasts a ridiculous amount of content on its site and despite Netflix’s reputation of greenlighting almost everything for a series, they have produced some of the best movies and series of the decade.

So here is a list of 10 Netflix Shows that accelerate your Learning Process. Since 10 shows is not even a percent of the content available on this site, expect a few of these entries to be anthologies rather than individual series. 

Let’s get into it.

1. Headspace

Headspace Guide to Meditation is a great Netflix Show that teaches the user to meditate and relax. The show also deals with a series of topics like how to let go and how to deal with stress among others.

Headspace is a show that is very helpful for students who have trouble concentrating or are dealing with something in their personal life.

2. Explained

Explained is an anthology type of series i.e. it is divided into a ton of separate Chapters on Netflix.

Each Chapter deals with something different. There are topics ranging from money to the mind itself.

Explained is a great series for students trying to use Netflix as a learning platform.

3. The Secret

The Secret is a well-known book which has been turned into a one and half hour long special. 

In the special, philosophers and scientists discuss ‘The Secret’; a student can learn a lot from this special.

4. 100 Humans

So, 100 Humans is not a scientific show, however one aspect that cannot be ignored is sheer passion and absolute fun that this show exudes.

The concept of using 100 humans to answer questions about ourselves is a great concept, even though the execution might be a little flimsy.

It still remains an enjoyable watch.

Just don’t take it too seriously.

5. Dream Big

Dream Big is a documentary series that takes a look at the feats of engineering marvel present across the globe, if that is not enough to convince you; consider that the show is narrated by Jeff Bridges.

It is a 42-minute special that does an excellent job in not only displaying some grand monuments but at the same time is motivational and inspiring for the engineers of tomorrow.

6. David Attenborough

Moving back to an anthology series, we have all heard the name David Attenborough. Even if you have not, I am pretty sure you have heard his magnificent voice.

He has narrated over 100 documentaries and some of the best ones are available on Netflix.

His documentaries are a rich source of information pertaining to the great outdoors and is fun for everyone to watch.

7. Abstract The Art of Design

The show tackles all kinds of designs seen in the world of ours. From footwear to photography.

Abstract The Art of Design has great cinematography and is definitely a must watch for a design student. Each episode looks into a specific field with an expert along for the ride, The show is highly enjoyable and extremely insightful.

8. Brainchild

Brainchild is a show that answers questions that we all have but do not bother to Google, not because we are lazy but because of how many different answers there are to these questions.

The Netflix show streamlines these answers and presents them in a way that is easy to understand and visually appealing. It makes these concepts easy to learn for students.

9. The Code

Hosted by Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, The Code might only be 3, 1 hour long episodes, however the subject matter tackled here is of great importance.

The Code exploress the significance of numbers in our world.

The show follows the host as he shows and explains how numbers govern our life; their value and beauty.

10. History 101

Just like most exams, we end this list with an entry on History.

History 101 is what it says, each episode tackles the history of unconventional subjects; for example The History of Nuclear Power, Feminism, Genetics.

It is a show far removed from any textbook but one which is great for learners of the subject as well as casual viewers.

Conclusion

So that was 10 Netflix Shows that accelerate your Learning Process, hope you enjoyed it. Check out Tutor Here for courses and other amazing blogs.

Again, this list hardly represents the amount of knowledgeable content that Netflix offers, I encourage you to do your own research and to keep learning and keep watching.