The Connected Classrooms Project (TCCP) emerged from a leadership seminar (South Asia Ventures – SAV) in Mumbai in 2018 where we discussed about bringing together students from the South East Asian region by connecting classroom learning, via the use of technology. At Triyog our collective passion of approaching learning in an integrated manner also fueled necessary structure to make this project take shape.
The Connected Classrooms Project (TCCP) with Caribbean School, Lalitpur, Nepal
We started a small pilot in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2018, where students and teachers from two schools worked on the theme ‘Plants Around Us’. This theme gave students a glimpse of the community around the school. In the long run, our dream is to achieve a sense of regional understanding (geography and community) through plants that grow around schools. This project also required teachers to share teaching-learning practices and conduct joint experiential learning trips (possible only with schools that are in the same city/town). The students and teachers were also linked digitally to share findings and for reflection on the theme at the ‘Exit Point’
Timeline of collaboration between Triyog High School and Caribbean School:
The Connected Classrooms Project (TCCP) with SNEH Foundation, Pune, India
First discussion about running TCCP with SNEH Foundation materialized on December 25, 2018. We had a voice call with Shraddha Deo – Founder at SNEH, over Whatsapp. After the formation of a whatsapp group to facilitate communication was completed, we selected the following students from Grade 6 to carry on the project:
We had our first Skype connection on February 19, 2019 after school, in the junior computer lab.
The students had the following activities in the first connection:
The students from India wanted to know more about the following:
The students of Triyog divided responsibilities of collecting information on these topics.
However, we could not have another session soon because of our Final Examination. When our exams were over, we had a session break. After we reopened school in April 2019, the students at SNEH Foundation, went on a long vacation and we have not been able to connect till the third week of June. We hope to reconnect and start sharing sessions in July/August.
The Connected Classrooms Project (TCCP) with schools within Nepal
The Connected Classrooms Project is also expanding nationally to different regions in Nepal. As part of this inter-disciplinary project between the students and teachers, we have started implementing the TCCP program in Matribhumi High School, In Synagja District and in Kalo Khola School in Motipur, Dang District, from 20 August. Both schools are in Nepal. Based on specific themes the students will get a glimpse of the community around their schools that will amplify curricular learning. This project requires teachers and school managers to share teaching-learning practices, develop joint lesson plans, and conduct experiential learning trips. We are connecting students of the middle school with these projects, to share findings and experiences during this exchange. The TCCP project will stand out as a first step towards remote learning and a meaningful transfer of knowledge between two legacy educational institutions. Later, we will also take steps in implementing an educational exchange program where students of all three schools will travel to each other’s communities, spend at least two days in learning about culture, lifestyle, and livelihood, and bring those experiences back in documented form.
The Connected Classrooms Project (TCCP) with schools in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Roshan Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka) and Mohammed Sayem (Bangladesh), both SAV 2018 participants, will be contacted soon to increase the regional footprint and connectivity of classrooms through TCCP. We hope to build firmer bridges of collaboration of Nepali students and teachers with students and teachers from the two countries.