Have you ever asked yourself, who is responsible to raise good human beings and global citizens in a society?
Typical answers vary between religion, parents and extended family. Very few people suggest education system. Now lets think about it…
Religion used to, and still does, provide right attitudes to become a good human being. But there are two major problems with us continuing to rely on religion to provide ‘right attitudes’ to a society. First, with the ever increasing acceptance of science, more and more youngsters are going away from religion. And second, it is extremely difficult to modify the once relevant aspects of religion with ever changing psychology and needs of human race. This is also true that a good family structure and parents play a very important role in raising a good human being. But with developing economies promoting nuclear families in which both parents need to and want to work, the family support to achieve this objective is diminishing.
Onourem believes that it is time that education institutions across the world take up the responsibility of raising human beings with correct attitudes towards local and global social issues. A lot of you might find this suggestion obvious. And if you do, ask yourself then why don’t education institutions play this role, for most of the planet?
The majority of the people on this planet are still poor. Every nation prioritizes its resources based on a complex interaction of its past with its present economic and political aspirations. Education institutions are not resourced and tasked to develop correct mindset of citizens on local and global social issues. Citizens of some countries don’t have access to quality education to even become employable, let alone education that makes them a good human being or a responsible global citizen. Result is that awareness and education on problems like gender equality, discrimination based on race, caste, climate change, violence against women…end up taking back seat.
When education institutions lack in addressing social problems, social issues are picked up by non-profit organizations. But these organizations utilize models that are not easily scalable for various reasons.
Imagine a significant portion of the planet growing up with a ‘me first and me only’ attitude. Result is a generation that is prone to be maneuvered by political leadership for its vested interests. If we zoom out to see the macro impacts of this attitude, we realize that we are developing generations that obstruct development towards global sustainable goals defined by UN.
Onourem is on a mission to make education on social issues as part of the mainstream education. The biggest hurdle that Onourem is facing is not that education institutions don’t want to incorporate such topics in their class rooms but that the teachers are not trained to address these issues in class rooms. So now we got three options. First, we create new model schools that include such education in their teaching models. Second, we try to include such education in existing school systems and train existing teachers by bringing consensus through political and bureaucratic leadership. Third, we create an independent organization that helps teachers worldwide to deal with such subjects in classrooms. We chose to pursue the last approach.
Onourem’s Society for Mindset Education is one of a kind entity that exists to help teachers worldwide educate students on local and global social problems, for free!
The key deliverable for the Society of Mindset Education is to create short, 15-20 minute classroom activities that teachers can perform in the class rooms to educate students on specific social problems. Picture on top of this page outlines the basic flow between various functions in the society.
The society consists of individuals from varied backgrounds who volunteer their time to serve 4 key roles: Council of Advisors, Reviewers, Subject Matter Experts and Innovators. The Council of Advisors assist the Society with finding the resources it needs and ensuring that the Society engages its resources in the right direction with the right processes in place. The Reviewers is like any scientific peer reviewer community with the key role to review, critique and approve the submissions being submitted by Subject Matter Experts and the Innovators at various steps. The Reviewers community includes professors and individuals who hold PhD in psychology, social sciences and education. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are individuals who have spent significant part of their professional life on a specific social problem. Onourem SMEs include professors, post graduate students and professionals working with a non-profit organizations for more than 3 years on a social problem. The key role of an SME is to break down a high level social problem statement like ‘discrimination between a boy and girl child’ into specific Mindset Problem Statements (MPS) like ‘It is a girl’s job to cook at home’. It is these MPS on which innovators submit proposals for classroom activities within the guidelines defined by the Society. An Innovator can be anyone who is interested in submitting proposals for classroom activities. The present list of Innovators on Onourem includes undergraduate students of social sciences and graduates working in various organizations working for social good. Onourem is welcoming ANYONE as an innovator who thinks they have a proposal for a classroom activity that may help educate kids on a given MPS.
All the content (classroom activities) created by the Society is published for free on the internet to be accessed by anyone who wishes to use that content. The contributors who get assigned on a specific social problem as Reviewer, SME or Innovators, get credit for their contribution.
The Society provides certificates on request to volunteers for their contribution in the above roles. Onourem’s Society for Mindset Education is a unique approach to bring together people who wish to work towards solving social problems. One of the biggest limiting factor in solving a social problem is the scarcity of innovative ideas. And Onourem strongly believes that these ideas can come from anyone.
So you think you have an idea on how kids should be taught on a specific social issue? Signup as an Innovator today. If you would like to serve as a Reviewer or a SME and are qualified to do so, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to note that by signing up as a Reviewer, SME or Innovator, you are only telling Onourem that you are skilled and interested in volunteering your time when you can spare. This allows the Society to check with you your availability when it picks up a social problem of your interest. You will have an option to confirm your availability to work on the problem at that time. Once you confirm your availability, every role will require you to spend around 5-8 hours in total over 10-15 days thinking and contributing from the comfort of your own home or office.
By the way if you are still wondering who pays and who makes money in this whole process, sorry to disappoint you, but no one!
So what are you waiting for? Join Onourem’s Society for Mindset Education and be a part of the force that actually wants to act instead of just criticizing the social problems.