Walking on the path of innovation
Young Observer talks to the Binary Crew ...
With above twelve lac children enrolling into school every year, it is worth mentioning how Bangladesh is racing towards the glory. However, when school students are measured on the scale of cognitive development, they are often seen to only be occupied in theoretic knowledge and grades rather than development of skill -- books, pen, and exams.
With the job market evolving with every passing quarter, the clock is ticking and creative skill has managed to make a place here. However, with schools only using books, papers, and pens, elements of the modern world seems to be missing from their learning procedure.
Noticing such a gap, a group of four aspiring youths decided to pillar such a project which would introduce them with toys needed to win the game of this era. "We want to give a bit more to these young geniuses. We want them to experience thrill and innovation. Thus, we the Binary Crew hope to transform education making learning a fun episode in every student's life," shared Saraben Turin, one of the founders of the Binary Crew.
They entered the field of education in 2016 with four pairs of hands. "With Mizan painting the layout digitally through his virtual fingers, Kakoli and Anik storming their devious brains and seizing every opportunity to develop, and set of hands of the curriculum development, we wish to gift all the school students with internet, arts skills and recreation like theatre, photography, and everything that eases them from a hectic exam pressure," added Turin.
While certificates being the only scale of quality measurement mind skills, community values, creative ideas and the urge to do something new is seldom given any value. Little souls getting grinded under the exam preparation is a very common scenario.
When asked why they wanted to withdraw this tool of measurement, Anik said, "I hated exams as a child. It felt like my life was in ruins before exams, whereas my fellow classmates aced their exam grades. I could solve word problems better than them. I could also write better essays. My narratives were far better but I was an average student."
"When I joined this crew, I was overjoyed with the concept of eliminating exams. As a monkey cannot be asked to carry loads like a horse, a horse cannot be asked to climb a tree. I feel having the same system to measure talent is latent. Each child is unique and that uniqueness can change his world as well as ours. We tend to find his uniqueness," he added.
Looking a step further into their work, Binary Crew has worked with over three hundred students from fifteen different schools. Their journey started at Bhramanbaria that gave birth to many new ideas -- ideas that could make these little lanterns even better in terms of their skills.
When asked about their future plans, Mizan shared, "We now tend to visit Chittagong. We will visit more schools but one district at a time makes our progress more organised. This way no child will be left behind and no unique mind will be left in the darkness."
"We will give them a flavour of technology and give them the key to knowledge -- internet. Having access to internet and knowing how they could use it positively is going to make them invincible when they come of age," he added.
With internet being the new simile of speed and machines making life better, there are other aspects as well which completes life. When asked why the Binary Crew opted for this initiative, Kakoli said, "We are the only one in Bangladesh who is working with such a goal and I feel relieved when little fingers with bruised with pen marks lays finger on the keyboard. It seems like we have entered the age of innovation and a bunch of newborn Einstein is making a mess before it comes out with a new concept as good as the concept of gravity."
The Binary Crew wishes to work with children and keep visiting districts until they have visited every school in the country. The wish to discover hidden creative thoughts is what fuels their mission. They wish to keep surprising the school children and are looking forward for the surprises they find in way from these infant young fresh minds.