Sochna Mana Hai

First Edition

Sochna Mana Hai (Thinking is forbidden) is the theme of our summer camp and this project is initiated to address the issues pertaining to the quality of our local education system. Our surveys in low-cost private schools have led us to conclude that most students focus on rote learning and memorise answers rather than understanding the underlying concepts. This undermines their ability to rationally analyse things and relate them to their life
We aim to establish a summer camp in which our volunteers from different high schools and universities will try to engage students in different activities which would make students capable of thinking in a new fashion. In this summer camp, we will be introducing two types of curriculum. One will include subjects like science, maths, social studies in which we would try to conceptualise these studies and would make students able to understand them better. The other one is focused on unfolding the creative abilities of students and subjects like creative writing, spoken English, dramatics, arts, ethics and civic sense, acceptance and diversity and public speaking will be taught. Apart from this, we will give them an insight of some social issues or discuss with them the problems that they encounter in everyday life and how to respond them in an effective and disciplined manner. This will not only kerb problems like extremism (which is mushrooming in our general public) but would also encourage them to transfer this learning to their siblings.
Each subject will be dealt by our two subject heads and four instructors. We have taken a general assessment test in each school in which we are going to conduct a camp. The purpose of this test was to assess the level of learning of these students and would help us to make a module according to their academic standing.

News Coverage:

Thinking Camps – The News | by Ameera Iqbal

 

Second Edition

The second edition of our flagship program, the annual summer camp; Sochna Manna Hai’ 16, far exceeded the bar set by even its own predecessor. Enhancing the scale of operations, we concurrently conducted the camp in both Qadam Community School and Izhar Foundation’s school in Johar Town, recruiting 35 additional volunteers and impacting 140 young lives in the process.
For the second edition, we invoked our critical thinking approach one step further and introduced carefully tailored modules for creative writing, public speaking and social issues under the umbrella of writing and communication. This was supplemented by seemingly conventional subjects taught in unconventional ways, which included; language, science, math, history and arts. These were taught with an aim to discourage rote learning and focus on conceptual understanding through the use of activities such as role-playing for history and legos assembling for math. We believe that philanthropy must not lead to over complacency, and we indulge in self-reflection and monitoring and evaluation during our summer camps to the extent that we have observers in each class, supervise by the core team, which in the end share their feedback with camp managers. A daily meeting is conducted with interns to share concerns and recommendations, and we witnessed how each intern learned over time and turned into favourite teachers by the end of camp.
We are now looking forward to our third edition next summers, which we hope will raise the bars of learning even higher.