TIDE’s purpose, vision, and impact

TIDE believes that,  
every child can learn, should learn, and have access to education that suits her learning need and pace’.

To achieve this, we asked ourselves a few questions. Let’s think about those now, as you begin your journey with your child.

What is Learning?

Learning is continuous and is not limited to classroom teaching alone.

Dear Parent, there are two things you will notice here.

  • One: What a child has set out to learn, becomes a continuous process if we are able to provide opportunities for the child to learn through experience, rather than restricting their learning to textbooks and some online material.
  • Two: When we say “learning is not limited to classroom teaching alone”, we mean that children never stop learning, even when they leave the classroom. For example, they may have learnt about fruits and vegetables in class. When they come home, perhaps you point out which vegetables you have cooked for for dinner. They are still learning. When they go to the market with you and spot those vegetables again, and are able to recognise or name them, they are reinforcing their learning.

Learning must be inter-related or inter-disciplinary.

Life is interdisciplinary, isn’t it? In every experience, we see an overlap of ideas and concepts. The simple act of crossing a busy road involves concepts of space, speed, distance, using our sight, hearing, and physical mobility.

In the same way, when we teach, it is not necessary that we must teach keeping in mind only one subject. For example, while the child is learning about vegetables and fruits of different colours, they may also count how many are red and how many are green. Are we not combining science and maths here?

Learning must be non-competitive

  • Learning must be one’s own accumulation of varied experiences. It cannot be compared with others, as no two individuals are alike and will learn in the same way or at the same speed. 
  • As parents or caregivers, we will create a healthy learning atmosphere where children own their own growth.