Empowering students, parents, and teachers to inculcate habits in students' lives that lead to well-being
Tell us about your idea
Today we live in a fast-moving world focused on results. In our pursuit of results and success, there have been signs that we are neglecting our physical and mental wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has further strained our physical and mental wellbeing, having a greater toll on the latter. This can be attributed to the sudden change in our lifestyle and the uncertainty about the future. In these testing times, one challenge that nearly all young parents are facing is the sudden halt in the academic year. While some colleges and schools have found workarounds, the majority of the educational system has been stopped in its tracks. The effects are more pronounced in developing countries such as India because of the skewed teacher-student ratio and the lack of digital infrastructure to support online learning
Our Idea is focused on aiding Teach For India (TFI). TFI is a non-profit organisation that educates students from less fortunate backgrounds(Eg. Govt. schools) and provides them with a platform to grow. The students that are a part of TFI not only face a sub-par educational system, they are also part of a less than ideal community, with alcohol, domestic abuse, drugs and divorce being a part of their lives. We thus see a need to focus on creating an intervention that can aid in building a more positive community and support system around the children. Inspired by the MOOC by Dr Laurie Santos of Yale University, we have created a “Wellbeing toolkit”, that allows for increasing happiness and inculcating positive habits into one’s life outside of academics.
The core of the idea
The idea is to empower students, teachers, and parents to practice personal well-being, through a co-creative approach.
What practices should we follow for personal well-being?
We have chosen the following practices for personal well-being.
Savouring, Gratitude, Kindness, Exercise, Connection, Meditation, Sleep, Goals
Why these Practices?
These practices are part of the course science of well-being offered by Dr.Laurie Santos and have a strong academic background to them and are founded in rigorous research in the field of psychology and academia.
How to enable these practices?
Parents, teachers, and students co-create ways to practice well-being through the use of a toolkit.
An example outcome of the toolkit that we have presented is a gratitude box. Details of the process that led to the creation of the activity can be found in our visuals.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
We are four Mechanical engineers turned designers who are currently doing their Masters in Strategic Design at the TU Delft, Netherlands. We have an interest in tackling societal challenges. In the past two months, the world has come together to battle COVID-19, in their own way. From manufacturers shifting to producing ventilators to hotels being converted into hospitals. We see the IDEO challenge as our calling to be a part of this global movement. In addition, TFI holds a special place for one of our teammates' hearts as his friend is a member of TFI who is currently facing the challenge of teaching less fortunate children during these tough times. We hope our idea can be one of the many silver linings during these uncertain times.