An online community for self-designed learning
Develop real skills, Get personalised mentorship, Collaborate with peers from all over the country, Learn from educators from across the globe
World-class education. For 7-11 year olds
Equipping children with tools to create the future rather than just preparing them for it
We are the opposite of a "one size fits all" education system that imposes irrelevant curriculum and testing metrics on children and crushes individuality.
Self-Designed Learning (SDL) is a learning system that nurtures a child's self-worth and natural talents and enables them to find their passion.
UnSkool is our flagship program crafted to enable any 7-11 year old to design their learning program.
The role of a mentor is to create a support system for a child, stepping in and out as demanded or needed.
Learning Journeys enable a child to explore and learn things outside the studios at Pitaara UnSkool.
Check-ins are an opportunity for children to come together and connect outside the studios.
Portfolios help capture the child's learnings and accomplishments - in studios and learning journeys.
Exhibitions are a space for children to share and present their learnings with the rest of the group.
Advanced Programs are for children who have completed Studios and want to pursue a topic further.
A choice-based and interest-led education for your child!
A Week at UnSkool
My son has been part of Pitaara for some time and it has been a wonderful space to experience. He was happy that he could share his creations and thoughts freely. He loved interacting with other children as well. Initially he was shy, but when he joined UnSkool, he became very enthusiastic.
He excitedly scheduled his day and at the check-ins, where they shared about how everyone was feeling about the day in overall, he enjoyed reflecting and sharing.
At some point he didn't even need me to remind him to join the sessions.
I could actually see him becoming more aware day by day. A lot of interesting activities were ongoing and enjoyed the Cooking and Hands on Science Studios the most. I must say he enjoyed every bit of being with Pitaara. In many ways it was a meaningful and cheerful experience for our child where he could find what all he liked.
Vatchlla, Pitaara parent
We are the upgrade in education that the 21st century has been waiting for
The conventional model doesn’t support a child’s curiosity but rather imposes a curriculum designed 200 years ago on them. Choose a learning program that is personalised, flexible, and enables your child to find their passion.
You might initially have your doubts about leaving the conventional education system! So experience the Unskool program while following the traditional path. Once you see how motivated and driven your child is and how much they are learning, you can make a bigger shift.
An online and in-person model enables you to learn from anywhere and meet children and families from across the country.
You’ll see the proof of your child’s growth and learning in their portfolios, interactions with you, and growing self-confidence. You don’t have to wait for some report card to find out.
With children choosing what, when, and how to learn; they can define the time they want to spend online and decide whether they would like to explore a topic independently or with peers.
You will also have access to the entire parent community, with whom you can connect and share learnings, thoughts, and ideas.
Join us if you are brave enough to take your learning in your own hands, are eager to build skills to thrive in the uncertain future and are trying to find your passion
How long is the Pitaara UnSkool Program? Is this a substitute for schooling?A child can enroll in Pitaara Unskool for as long as they like. We introduce 8 new studios every month. We also have Advanced Programs that enable a child to go deeper into the subject matter. This structure allows children to explore for as long as they want to. UnSkool is a holistic education program that allows the child to be the driver of their learning. Children can continue until they find something they are passionate about.
Why is choice so important? How can children be left to decide what to do with their time, won’t they just waste their time?"People are highly motivated and work harder on a task that they choose. It’s the same with children. They learn better and faster when they decide what to learn. Choice also helps children develop decision-making skills at a young age. We have seen several times at Unskool that children set up loftier goals for themselves and are highly accountable when trusted and given the freedom to decide. And who defines what is a waste of time? Learning is natural and is happening all the time!
How would you know that the child has learnt anything if there is no testing?The greatest evidence of a child’s learning is how motivated they are, how engrossed they are, and how they communicate. To present their learnings and accomplishments more concretely, we have created a portfolio feature- a space for children to document their accomplishments weekly. These are living report cards where you can see proof of learning. Give your child a chance to be defined by much more than just their grades. Other spaces for children to showcase their learnings are Friday Exhibitions and Community Sundays.
How will children learn basic skills like reading, writing and mathematics?"Who says reading is a more fundamental skill than cooking? We let the child decide when they would like to learn what. Plus all skills are connected. When a child feels the need to read a book or do something that requires reading, they learn to read quickly. The same applies to every skill- children pick them when they need them.
Who is this program for? Can my child join if they go to school?Yes, absolutely! This program is open to anyone interested in designing their own learning. Unskool can be your child's full-time education program or just an after-school program. We will help children understand and experience the idea of self-designed learning and empower them to design their own learning. Once children feel fully confident to design their own learning, you can decide to adopt this form of learning as the primary for your child.
Do I have to commit one full year? What if my child doesn't enjoy it?The monthly subscription feature allows you to enter and exit at multiple points. We recommend that you initially sign up for at least 3 months. This will help you understand and experience the program best.
Can I go back to regular school after doing Pitaara UnSkool full-time?Yes, there have been children who have done this before. You can go conventional schools anytime you’d like to.
What if my child is nervous about online learning and meeting new children through zoom?Each child takes their own time to get comfortable. In this program, each child has a mentor who helps them with the onboarding process and creates opportunities that help them feel a sense of belonging. All our sessions are designed in an interactive way with a lot of scope for children to engage with each other. Other than that, as they spend time in check-ins, individual studios, and Community Sundays, they start getting more comfortable.
How much screen time will this program have?The screen time can be anywhere between 30 mins to 4 hours, depending on factors such as: - The Studios the child has taken up in the particular month. There are two studio sessions (1 hour each) per day - Learning journeys they have taken up All screen time is active time, so generally, the screen just acts as the medium of interaction, while the child is doing a lot in their minds and on paper.
Will my child learn to socialise?That’s one thing that the Pitaara Community is known for. This is such an open, free and welcoming space, that children learn to socialise very well. They sometimes forge friendships for life and develop a deep sense of belonging.
Are there any other organisations in India who are doing similar work?Yes, many families in India are now homeschooling/unschooling their children. There are a handful of organisations, in India, that run physical learning spaces that follow the principles of Self-Designed Learning. All of them are unique in the way they function. Some examples are Aarohi Life in Bangalore and Sadhana Learning Centre in Bombay.
Is Pitaara Unskool going to be limited only to 7-11 year olds? What will an Unskool program participant do after after they reach 11 years of age?Unskool is a high-touch offering of Pitaara Unleashed- where we work closely with each child and develop life-long relationships with their families. We will work with our children for as long as they need us and whenever they need us. In the next 2 years, we plan to expand Unskool and make it available for 7-17 year olds.
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