Today is Day Four of the Festival of Navratri in India. Here is a live video feed from The Galaxy Education System in Rajkot, Gujarat, India. My friend, Kiran Bhalodia, is the Director of these schools.
This is a wonderful example of 21st century education. These students are involved - totally - in a cultural tradition. Here we have the arts, religion, history, philosophy. A wonderful interdisciplinary, project-based unit of curriculum could easily be designed with this festival as a springboard. From costumes and culinary arts to economics, geography, anthropology, political science, literature and filmmaking. This could be a wonderful way to introduce students into a global, collaborative classrooms project.
An excellent example of creativity. Watching this reminds me of what Sir Ken Robinson said in his TED talk in 2006 when he was interviewing Gillian Lynne. He says that she "had to move to think."
Reading about Navratri, I discovered beautiful traditions.
"The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga (Warrior Goddess) dressed in red and mounted on a lion. Her various incarnations - Kumari, Parvati and Kali - are worshipped during these days. They represent the three different classes of womanhood that include the child, the young girl and the mature woman. Next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity), dressed in gold and mounted on an owl and finally, last three are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (Goddess Of Knowledge), dressed in milky white and mounted on a pure white swan. Sweetmeats are prepared for the celebrations. Children and adults dress up in new bright-colored dresses for the night performances." From http://festivals.iloveindia.com/navratri/
If they are not live online right now you may click here to view videos from the festival at TGES schools so far.