The problem with modern education lies in its ethos that tries to find value in the mastery of a skill rather than the enablement of the individual. In the temples of learning in ancient India, the skill was the vehicle on the road to self-realization and not the destination itself. Educator Ashok Thakur views the philosophy as even more relevant today. His Muni International Schools enable children on a path of understanding the self with the help of ancient Gurukul techniques.
“Education that does not mould character is absolutely worthless.”Mahatma Gandhi
Muni International School designs the process of teaching to promote UNIVERSALISM WITH GLOBAL ORDER. Teachers do not teach set curriculums but focus on every student’s individual growth. Students are nurtured to value themselves through self-creation, self-motivation and self-evaluation.
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For over a decade, MIS has nurtured the individual characters of their children using collaborative learning inspired by the traditional Indian Gurukul teaching technique. From the ancient art of discipline called Sadhana, Muni’s children undergo a three-stage learning process of Shravan (hearing), Manan (contemplation), and Nidhidyasan (assimilation) that helps them realize the subject and its importance in our environment and existence. The aim is a different kind of mastery, unachievable through the strict educational regimes and testing processes adhered to in most schools today.
Ashok Thakur’s approach produces prodigies that are self-realised and self-competent with highly developed levels of emotional intelligence and a global worldview. The EQ (Emotional Quotient) of a child is at the centre of every methodology by which education is imparted at Muni International School.
Developing Consciousness That Makes Global Citizens
If the role of education was solely the transfer of information, we won’t need schools and teachers in the age of the internet. The essence of learning is the exchange of human wisdom. Muni’s teachers act as partner assisting children in charting their own course of growth. They act as “facilitators, motivator and supervisors of development” of the child’s consciousness and conscience.
Ashok Thakur’s philosophy basis learning on two pillars – Upyogita (Utility) and Purakta (Wholeness). The curriculum is developed by the teacher but ideated by children through discussion and understanding of what works best for them as well as their peers. Ashok Thakur explains, “We strive to develop consciousness in children instead of stressing on subjects. Conscious children don’t need to be explained the importance of education and are equipped to develop their motivations to study.”
Reimagining the school
In the ancient Gurukuls, education helped individuals become aligned with nature. The limitlessness of the environment is critical for holistic understanding of topical concepts. As Ashok explains, “Schooling cannot happen by restricting students to classrooms and school campuses. The whole world should be viewed as an extension of the school. We don’t live in our homes, but in our minds. We aren’t producing robots but nurturing human beings.”
MIS has expertise in developing curriculum focused on value-based skill education and holistic development, an approach that has only recently been endorsed by the new National Education Policy’s vision. In fact, the Muni Method goes beyond India’s NEP 2020 as it strives to produce global citizens who are humane, critical thinkers that can take charge of their own selves and the community.
The number of Gurukul-inspired techniques at Muni start with a program called Swadharm or SPF (Student Purpose Finding), which explores ancient gems of knowledge, comprehension and evaluation like Vedic wisdom, palmistry, and astrology. Muni promotes innovation though a process where a child is able to teach herself by merging different learning methods into a single fold, aptly titled the Aiklavya Method after the self-taught legendary archer from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The Muni model is not the ideology of any individual or any experiment by an institute, community or any religion. It is the academic manifestation of the synergy of the universe and the wisdom of our forefathers.Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School
For a Better Future
At the core, Muni International School is creating individuals that have an understating of life and awareness of the higher existential order. It is a one of its kind school governed by a Student Parliament. It has a dedicated R&D department which strives for the humanization of education and maximization of human skills. The model further works on strengthening and aligning the critical and spiritual thought processes of a child. A well-developed emotional quotient and thought process reflects in a child’s experiences, behaviour and character in later life.
Muni International School steers clear of the general approach to attaining academic results, based on rote learning theoretical concepts. Instead, collaborative learning pattern and experiential techniques make it easy for children to prosper academically. Ashok Thakur explains, “We promise life results. Our education is based on developing self-consciousness and synergy with the environment. Our children are groomed to grow up into adults that can come up with solutions for all kinds of challenges they face at work and in life.
With a curriculum that is “part academic and part value-based”, the environment reflects in the students’ ability to not allow their ideological difference become discriminatory. The students learn to co-exist while taking responsibility of their self, their friends and community. Muni’s students are examples of the kind of global citizens that the world needs right now.
Muni’s well-researched curriculum is crafted to explain the concept of ‘existence’ to the masses. Not just that, it yields overwhelming results in a very cost-effective way. Ashok Thakur explains, “We don’t need specialized faculty but passionate, thinking individual. Our teachers don’t just teach but are dedicated to shaping a child’s thoughts towards progress.”
The model achieves its purpose with significantly less resources and infrastructure than schools normally require. This also enables Ashok Thakur to offer the chance of premium education to children from the lowest strata of the society. The methods are also flexible to be curated for those with lower abilities and even the first-time learners. Ashok Thakur’s model is tailor-made for third-world counties which do not have resources but need global citizens who have much more to contribute than just professional skills.