BeMe ecosystem comprises of three groups : Children, Parents and Facilitators. For the ecosystem to stay in harmony, it’s important to take into consideration, the needs, roles and views of individuals in each group.
Child is a key component of learning environment. Each child is an independent learner who is free to explore the world around, in his own style and at his own pace. Parents are invited to come as content experts and share their expertise with children through workshops or electives. They can also be involved in any development project at BeMe or they can initiate any project of their interest and work with interested children. Facilitators play a role of mentor for children.They are sensitive towards learning style and learning pace of children.They respect originality of each child and their needs. They prefer to add in to child’s constructive learning rather than teaching. They contribute in creating a stimulating, challenging and democratic environment. They record observation of each child. Complete faith in child and life – this fundamental belief brings parents to BeMe. With the support from each other, the BeMe ecosystem can keep this faith alive. As an ecosystem, BeMe provides following platforms, for interaction among these three groups.
Parent Events (Listening Circle, Book Club, Film Club):
BeMe foresees some challenges . BeMe has created various platforms platforms to address these challenges. Each of these events has a different format to suit different personalities, to encourage participation, to bring out needs through their variety expressions etc. The events are planned on weekdays, weekends etc so that parents can choose the event that suits them. These events also serve as platforms to build connection among parents and nurture building a strong community. It takes a village to raise a child. BeMe community is like a village.
Here parents come together, share stories around a topic/theme pre-decided. We simply listen. We share if we like to. We avoid theorizing. We avoid intellectual conversation. We avoid giving advice. We avoid discussions, debates.
Here we read a book, in small chunks, offline at our pace. Then we come together at certain frequency and discuss. The book content usually triggers discussions and bring out perspectives about learning by children, parenting, democratic education, etc.
Here we watch a movie/documentary offline at our convinient time. Then we come together at certain frequency and discuss one movie/documentary at a time. The film content usually triggers discussions and brings out perspectives about learning by children, parenting, democratic education, etc.