NEET Community Library

Children, youth and community members come together at the Community Library to engage with their heads, hearts and hands. Stocked with an exciting range of age- and interest-appropriate, contextual children’s literature, activity kits, art and craft supplies and computers, it enables children to learn through experiential learning methods. We regularly conduct different activities on art, craft, dancing and singing to encourage children to read and explore their abilities of critical thinking and expression.

Library Programme

The library programme provides support to both government and private schools in setting up libraries and conducting regular library sessions with the school children. We conduct library sessions featuring read-alouds, book talks, word games and theatre activities in schools. Currently there are three government schools under this programme.

Workshops with Educators

Conducts workshops to provide them with philosophical perspectives and pedagogical support in setting up vibrant libraries.

Conducted workshops with teachers of the following :
  1. Shiksha valley school, Dibrugarh
  2. Department of education, Central Tibetan Administration
  3. Snow Lion Foundation, Nepal

Research and Documentation

One of NEET’s key objectives is to generate new research and findings for Indian educators and policymakers by connecting educational theory with practice. We have been documenting good educational practices, conducting research and presenting the findings in education seminars and workshops.

Philosophical implications of classroom practices

A case study of an organization, Digantar, which runs two alternative schools, was done to analyse the interconnections between a school’s educational aims and its practices. This involved in-depth classroom and school observations coupled with interviews of teachers, children and community members. The findings were presented at the 7th International CESI (Comparative Education Society of India) Conference titled ‘Comparative Educational Destinies: Visions, Dilemmas and Challenges’, on 21 November 2016.

Repository of child friendly education practices

By documenting the philosophy, curriculum, pedagogy and modes of assessment of specific alternative schools across India, a repository of child friendly education practices was created. We visited alternative schools across the country and documented what makes these schools different from mainstream schools. For this research, we visited and assessed two schools, Digantar in Jaipur and Aarohi in Kelamangalam. Their practices were documented and published in newspapers and magazines

Library programme to enhance critical thinking

The library programme for government schools has been designed as a research project. To measure the outcome of this programme, an assessment framework was created on the basis of which an observational tool was developed to document the process of the library sessions.