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Building As Learning Aid

BALA is a way of rethinking a child’s relationship with the school space by using every inch of the school building - from floors, walls, pillars and staircases inside, to trees, flowers and rainwater outside - as an aid to learning

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Building as Learning Aid emphasises the importance of the physical space of the school in making learning a constant and exciting journey. An innovative physical environment can introduce a new dimension to the educational experience beyond the black and white humdrum of textbooks, making the content of learning more vivid and enlivening. Children love to engage in physical activity, from pushing around furniture to scribbling excessively on walls. And why not? Children’s spaces should be built to accommodate such spontaneous activity.
BaLA is an effort to see the world as a child does. It relies on open spaces, greenery, surfaces on which to doodle and scribble, contraptions to learn from.
These range from inexpensive playground equipment to use of common spaces in schools, to simply colouring up the walls and floors to make the school look exciting and inviting. Showcased in an attractive and simple layout in the book, these ideas can go a long way in turning our schools into spaces of joyful learning.


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BALA is an initiative started by organisation called VINYAS By architects Kabir and Preeti Vajpayi. They have sparked innovation in the sloppy educational environment of rural India and government administration. The project follows methods of having a wide impact with minimum interventions. It is in short super cool!

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