Hi, we are Manyata and Prachi, and we are the co-creators of Pitaara. Here is a little bit about us:
Manyata has worked in the education sector for over 7 years. She has worked with organisations such as Teach for India, Centre for Civil Society and The Meraki Foundation.
She loves working with children and is working on creating choice-based learning environments for children.
Manyata also loves dogs, baking cakes and watching tv shows.
Prachi is an impulsive expressionist. She loves to experiment with different ideas, initiate new projects and and juggle with possibilities.
A chemical engineer by training, Prachi spent the last 6 years working with ed-tech startups and alternative schools. She is deeply passionate about proliferating and strengthening the idea of self-designed learning and is working on several projects to do so.
Our aim with Pitaara is to create a growing community of children who can explore, learn, form connections, support each other and, most importantly, have fun!
The start of the journey
The team that put together the first Pitaara Virtual Unconference
On 15th May, 2020 we decided to organise the first Pitaara Virtual Unconference. The reason was that 3 children expressed their need to come together, meet each other and have fun. Stuck in the pandemic, safe and limited to our homes, we thought of having a virtual unconference that brings children from all over the country together for some fun and learning.
A small team came together and started designing. We wanted to keep it fun, fast and fantastic. We decided to host this gathering on the 1st and 2nd of June, 2020. What followed was 15 days of hard work, excitement and creativity.
We invited over 30 fantastic facilitators from different walks of life to hold sessions. The workshops included storytelling, urban farming, animation, doodling and many more.
The event was open to all young learners below the age of 18. Participants were children from the homeschooling and unschooling community as well as school-going children. We had over 300 participants over the two-day gathering. Children infused virtual screens with their energies, and we could experience the joy of learning together.