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         How to make changes

For the students and the change makers:  
What is your role and what are you willing to do to change the status quo?

So, despite that fact that we’re all quite lucky to have access to education, it’s still important to think about what we’re getting out of it. If you look at youth unemployment rates, or vacancy announcements for jobs around your city, you’ll quickly realize that perhaps what you’re learning is not all that relevant, so what can be done about it?

The system is much bigger than the student, and it seems hard to foresee any kind of change. But if you look a few decades back, the challenge of universal education seemed impossible, too.

So as you think about improving the system, the  classroom, or specifically your experience, ask yourself:  What am I bringing to the table? Can learning be achieved through other means? Am I taking on opportunities to make a contribution? How can a half an hour of passive complaining be converted into a half an hour of active impact?

We’d like to share a framework for project management which can be applied to large and small projects. Who knows, maybe this year you can make your class more interesting or your classroom more cozy.

Identify the problems:

Use survey tools like JotForm, Typeform to collect information about the problems you want to address. What challenges do your classmates face.
Ex. Some common challenges may relate to school infrastructure, lack of supplies or the teaching style.

Set objectives:

Once you identify a common problem, ex. our school is too cold in the winter, set your objectives.
Ex. Objective: Make sure that classrooms are warm in the winter.

Propose solutions:

So you’ve identified what you want to achieve, but how will you achieve this? What additional information, materials, or help do you need?
Ex. Proposal: Insulate our classroom windows because they are old and let the heat out.

Collect evidence:

Your problem and pollution must be backed up with facts. You’ll get some statistics from your initial survey, but you’ll also need to do more research.
Ex. What percentage of your classmates agree that it’s too cold in the winter?

Lobby:

If you want to achieve your goal and put your solution into action, you’ll need to present this idea to your classmates, the school administration, and maybe to some sponsors.

Ex. Ask your administrator if there are funds for insulation materials, or connect with a company that might be interested in donating supplies.

By conducting projects there’s plenty of ways to learn and skills to develop in and outside of school, so, as Mark Twain said, “don’t let schooling get in the way of your education.”


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