At SASE, we believe every child deserves the same opportunities to learn and grow. The traditional school system no longer suits the needs of every child and older student. There are vast differences between students’ economic levels, abilities, interests and life circumstances. We can not let these get in between a student and their full educational potential.
For this reason, we have adopted the Open School program. Open Schooling allows students to work toward their academic goals remotely, at a flexible pace. This way, students are empowered to take control of their education journey.
We know that pedagogical methods should adapt to each student's needs, not the other way around. Parents know their children’s needs better than anyone. Open Schooling allows parents to champion their child’s strengths and interests, while giving them a boost of confidence in areas where learning is a challenge. As a parent, you will not have to be a perfect educator, rather you will hold a supporting role in developing student autonomy, agency and love for learning.
Older students will appreciate the independence this flexible program offers them to pursue their interests. Open Schooling is a viable option for students who desire to get a degree in a vocational field that would otherwise take too long to complete within the traditional school year. In recent years, traditional high schools’ offerings have become less relevant to undergraduate study and the job market, making Open Schooling the more attractive option even for students who can afford traditional high school.
Open Schooling offers adaptable scheduling and a range of instructional approaches. This flexibility and openness eliminates the location barrier, allowing students in remote areas, or students who must work, to also pursue quality education. Remote learning also allows students to learn at their own pace. Children who can not meet the schedule requirements of traditional school must still be given the chance to learn, and the Open School program is making that possible.
Open education may be delivered in various ways. For the best results, we recommend utilizing open educational resources (OER), open, distance, and e-learning techniques, and open educational practices (OEP). For more information on how these techniques work, (where can parents find this info?).
Open Schools in India are governed by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). In 1989, the Indian government formed this body to oversee India's open public schools. NIOS handles exams for the open schooling system at the secondary and higher levels, but even among traditional students, open education is growing in demand because it offers educational freedom, flexibility and autonomy.
At SASE, we want to extend the opportunity for education to people living in remote regions, and we want to improve education for everyone. In the future we hope to extend this to secondary education as well, giving remote-dwelling citizens a chance to earn a university degree. With Open Schooling, SASE offers an efficient, accessible education model that can equip people with employable skills and the confidence to advance their careers or start their own businesses.