The student zeroed in on the idea of designing an interactive outdoor learning experience for students with special needs. Jeevandhara Vidyalaya in Pune gave her the opportunity to transform their outdoor space for the students. In the pandemic scenario, the student wanted to reach out to as many people she could and make an outreach film depicting the school’s students and her idea behind the project. The film helped her get in touch with teachers, volunteers and families of special needs students. From all the research material and information, the student was able to visualise the learning space and based the design around interactive and engaging elements along with therapies, real-life scenarios and nursery-level education. A global SDGs Design Competition helped her shape her design idea as a solution for the pandemic through the Anandi App, an encapsulation of the Anandi Learning Space. Winning the international award for ‘Best Impact’ at the competition made her more confident about the project. She aspires to make the Anandi initiative accessible to as many students with special needs as possible, especially in rural India.
Keywords: children, education, learning Spaces, parents, teachers
Student Name: Shruti Umesh Chakke
Guide: Mr. Jonak Das, Co-Guide: Dr. Gayatri Menon