interesting question to ask because I got almost identical responses from
every single person I asked this to. Whether it was with my students from
our service club, with people who have worked with the Indian education
system, with people who teach, with students, it was always the same
answer. Every single individual told me that creativity had an immense
power on people, and that it was hard to come across something that had
such a big impact on people.
Humans aren’t robots and we will make mistakes, but we have feelings
and imagination, which is probably our biggest strength. Our ability to
turn ideas into creation by using our creativity and innovation is the only
way we can move forward, and if schools do not teach it, people will go
out into the world without a vital and powerful skill.
The Step Forward
Innovation is a necessity in our society, and the only way we will ever be
able to get to innovation is by educating children in a creative manner.
Not everything has to be done through creativity as children do need
some pillars in their education and they need to be guided, but children
have to be allowed to explore their imagination and have to be given the
opportunity to be creative.
In India, there are some organizations and alternative schools that do
encourage creativity and allow children to explore education in a
different way. Muktangan is a great example. Muktangan is an NGO that
works in Mumbai, where they take the sent out curriculum that Indian
schools have to follow, and they re-work it in a way so children can be
educated in a better manner. They do a lot of student-led activities, or
workshops where the students are the centre of focus. All of these
activities are, in some way or another, tied to creativity or imagination.
The problem in India isn’t the curriculum, it’s how it’s taught. Of course,
there is nothing wrong with learning about a dictator in history class, and
there’s surely some benefits to learning about the elements in chemistry,
but educators should be doing it in some way that will keep children
engaged, while also working their imagination and creativity. It is obvious
that there must be some memorization, and that there must be some