Learning to explore
Project by Project
What is the challenge?
Jnana Pabodhini has been actively promoting Project-Based Learning (PBL) as an effective learning approach. “Chala Prakalpa Karuya” (Marathi, trans. “Let’s Do Projects”) is a collection of articles written by over 15 stalwarts in the field of education based on their years of practice in PBL. It captures the essence of PBL in a friendly, illustrative way. However, the audience of the book was limited as the original book is in Marathi. In order to reach all the students, their parents, and teachers in India and abroad, a team of JPF decided to translate the book into English, under the guidance of Prof. Prashant Divekar, from the Educational Research and Activity Center, Jnana Prabodhini, Pune.
We began as a handful of people and quickly grew into a team of around 20 volunteers in 5 timezones spanning 4 countries in 3 continents. We developed a concerted structure complete with a review process for translating each article. Aiming for maximum comprehension, we went a step further of the original book and have included tailor-made ‘Mind Maps’ that summarise important concepts and connections at the end of each article. These mind maps have multiple benefits ranging from being easy to grasp to being an effective teaching tool. We have attached QR codes at appropriate places in the book, which can be scanned to open supplementary material like colored mind maps, observation checklist, and more!
The publication ceremony of this book was jointly organized by Jnana Prabodhini Foundation, Educational Activity Research Center, and Chhatra Prabodhan on 6th September 2020. The book was inaugurated at the hands of Shri Vivek Sawant, chief mentor and former managing director at Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL). Shri Sawant admired the efforts and complimented that the book is “not just a translation, but a transcreation!” He explained the six stages of the learning and emphasized how this book shall make PBL methodology reach everyone in India and help cultivate the next generation of teachers as stipulated by the New Education Policy.
In the webinar organized on this occasion, Dr. Aditya Ponkshe, Dr. Swapnita Date, and Aakash Chowkase presented different aspects of PBL. They explained the importance of PBL, its methodology, and how it shall be implemented in practice. The Hindi Vigyan Geet, which is a translation and composition of Marathi Vijnana Geet was also well received by the audience.
More than 750 people from 15 states in India and 8 other countries participated in the program through Facebook and YouTube, while over 9,000 people watched the program later. This was the first public event of Jnana Prabodhini Foundation. This project was a successful demonstration of how an intercontinental team of Prabodhaks can work together and contribute something tangible to Prabodhini’s work.
After the successful completion of the book and webinar, the team is exploring many different avenues to work further. The possibilities range from translating other books or articles to developing more PBL content, creating a video series of the book along with other supplementary material and project examples, and many more!