BANGALORE: Have you ever wondered if Phunsukh Wangdu’s School in the film 3 Idiots where children learn constantly through their own experiences can become a reality? Come April 25, the city will have a similar school sprawling over 6,000 sq ft near Whitefield.
The Bangalore School of Early Childhood Education Centre (TBSEC) will cater to the learning needs of pre-schoolers in the city with an interactive syllabus interwoven around the Reggio Emilia approach.
The school will be the first in the city to enter into a Global School Partnership (GSP) with schools in Italy and United Kingdom.
“Technology-enabled curriculum will help children interact with students across the globe through virtual classrooms and connect to schools in Italy through the GSP Grading,” said Usha Mohan, director, The Bangalore School of Early Childhood Education Centre. With the GSP, teachers from schools in Italy and UK would visit TBSEC and a student-exchange programme is also in the offing. Apart from the Reggio Emilia approach, TBSEC will also incorporate well-established educational methodologies developed by eminent persons like Rudolph Steiner, Carl Roger and Howard Gardner.
“At TBS, the kids will be taught the best social behaviour, interpersonal and communication skills which help them stand out as caring individuals. TBS intends to make the child self-confident. It will make a difference in the child and create a caring community,” Usha said. The school would follow one of the basic tenets of the Reggio Emilia approach, which states that the teacher would only be a facilitator. “The role of the staff in the school is to create an atmosphere of respect and autonomy, a climate in which there is a balance of reason, choice, trust, safety, spontaneity, appropriate limits and challenge,” she added.
“A few corporate companies have come forward to partner with us as their employees are interested in the Wondergarten (extended daycare) programme,” she explained.