Rupantar: More than what meets the eye

Established with the objective to transform education in government schools and make it accessible to children in the remotest corners of the country, Rupantar has come a long way.

Launched in 2015 by Sri Aurobindo Society as one of world’s largest programs to transform government schools, Rupantar has been in a short span of three years able to touch the hearts of over 1 million teachers across the country with its empathetic approach and keenness to acknowledge their contributions in the field of education.

Be it innovations in teaching or dealing with children with neurodevelopment disorders or making the state curriculum simple by introducing activity-based learning, Rupantar, a non-profit organisation, is the destination when it comes to improving the quality and access of education.

Brainchild of Sambhrant, Member Executive of Sri Aurobindo Society, Rupantar is fast leaving its imprint in the education sector and gaining accolades in the academic and political circles of the country.

With its biggest project Zero Investment Innovation for Education Initiatives (ZIIEI), Rupantar has ventured into 22 states. Through this project, it has given wings to small, yet effective ideas formulated by teachers who are quietly laying the foundation of a strong value system among students in their classrooms. It is a platform that gives them voice and recognizes their simple innovations that have the power to build a strong future generation.

Launched in 2015, ZIIEI has been able to train over 1 million teachers for innovations in education. Nearly 500,000 schools in the country are implementing the zero investment ideas formulated by teachers. These ideas are documented and then published in the Innovations Handbook to make these best practices in teaching accessible to teachers in the nook and corner of the country.

Till now the Innovations Handbook of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Sikkim comprising some of the best techniques of teachers have been published. Similar handbooks of other states are in the pipeline.

A team of nearly 200 ZIIEI trainers are regularly travelling and conducting orientation sessions for teachers across the country. Their continuous interaction and engagement with teachers bring out the best practices that they have been using in their classrooms.

The recognition to the teachers give them the confidence that their small idea has the potential to make a big change. These innovations have been successful in bringing back the excitement and activity in government schools.

Some of the most popular best practices include forming a children’s cabinet, community participation, learning through games and new age teaching techniques, increasing the students’ self confidence, leadership and creative skills.

These methods not only focus on the academic aspect but also emphasises on the holistic development of the children so that they grow up to be compassionate, generous and good human beings.

Apart from the teachers, Rupantar also imparts Leadership of Consciousness Training to education officers with the objective of empowering them with the right program management techniques and motivating them to lead the change within.

In a step ahead, Rupantar, through Innovative Pathshala, is creating ways to make the states’ curriculums more value-based, relevant and for better learning and retention.

When so much prominence is given to the overall development of students and making the teaching and learning process simple, how can children with hidden disabilities or neurodevelopment disorders be left behind?

Through Project Inclusion, teachers are given the tools and techniques to identify and handle students in their classrooms who suffer from this condition, promoting an inclusive learning environment.

Project Inclusion was launched in 2017 from Uttar Pradesh and till now 12,189 teachers have been sensitised toward the needs of children with hidden disabilities in 9 states and Union Territories.

In such a short duration, Rupantar is on its way to make history by shaking the age-old public education system and changing the traditional methods of teaching and learning. And with teachers being the centre of attention, the situation is surely to get better in the future.