Project Based Learning
According to George Lucas Educational Foundation, ‘Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.’ This will help students prepare for a world where knowledge is integrated.Through Project-Based Learning, Prestige Academy plans to make their students become critical thinkers, problem-solvers, learn collaboration and self-management
Learning through Play
There will be learning through Play. Apart from Lunch Break, a minimum time of 50 minutes is allotted for free play every day during school hours. We need to let children be children, to help them be creative and explore their potential, skills and interests. The lack of play and movement in the long school hours plus the increasing use of electronic gadgets has led to a sharp increase in psychological and anxiety disorders.
Development of Social Skills
Different age groups will be allowed to socialize with each other during the activity time at Prestige under the supervision of professionally-trained teachers. This will have multiple benefits for both the groups. The young learn from the older ones through imitation. The older ones learn how to teach, how to guide, love and show affection. Both will be end up being confident enough to interact with people of all ages, and their interpersonal and social skills will be developed. The shy ones will come out of their shells and the social ones’ skills will be refined.
Teaching Life Skills
Our children know how to study but they are not taught the art of living, i.e. how to succeed in the real world. There is a great dichotomy between the student and practical life. They know the rules of trigonometry but they don't know how to pay bills, how to cook, how to clean and organize, sometimes something even as simple as changing a light bulb. By focusing too much on their studies, we forget to teach them real life skills. Prestige Academy will be incorporating these life skills in their curriculum. Home Economics, which includes, cooking, knitting, stitching, etc., plus other crafts like woodcraft, tool work, etc. will be an important part of the curriculum.
Importance of Mother Tongue
Children learn best in their mother tongue. ‘It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures…… On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world".
There will be focus on Urdu in Prestige Academy, in which the children will learn and grasp big concepts easily. This does not mean that English will not be taught or spoken; it just means that Urdu is given equal attention. Plus a language is a means of transfer of culture, values and ethics.‘The use of learners’ home language in the classroom promotes a smooth transition between home and school. It means learners get more involved in the learning process and the development of basic literacy skills’ speeds up.
By teaching them exclusive English, they are being confused and might face an identity crisis. They will neither belong here nor there. In our society, the intellect of an individual is judged based on the quality of English s/he speaks. The West, i.e. the United Nations and the European countries, on the other hand, are thriving to promote and revive the local languages as learning and transfer of knowledge is more effective in it. Prestige Academy will try to break the stereotypes of being considered ignorant/illiterate just because one is speaking in Urdu. Students will be taught pride in speaking our own language by not shaming them while using Urdu in their environment.