BeMe is an open school based in Bangalore, where children direct their own learning. It is an effort to create a stimulating, free and democratic environment for children aged 2.5-16 years.
BeMe environment contains elements like activity corner, electives, curiosity corner, expression circle, skill workshops, etc. However what to do, how to do, how much to do and with whom to do, is entirely the decision of child. This is applicable for child of any age, from the first day at BeMe. We believe that through this process of self learning, children develop the ability to decide for themselves, collect the resources, seek for help, experience variety of feelings and reflect.
Democratic environment helps children speak for themselves, allows them to judge, evaluate different options and derive their own learning. Voting based decision making process gives experience of being in majority as well as minority and learn to manage self in those situations. Free and safe environment gives them space to understand self and remain self.
BeMe Premises is primarily an incubation space. Once child discerns the independent learner in himself/herself, the premises becomes a mere anchor, and the universe becomes the classroom.
We deeply feel that this kind of environment prepares child to be a responsible, open minded, self aware and confident individual. We also believe that this kind of environment equips children to face challenges of life as they experience, observe and live life in its real form.
" An amoeba is an organism with no real shape or structure. Yet its a thriving organism which exists for its own reason. I find our school to be the same way. Some components like the vision of our school is like the nucleus of the amoeba. But as we don’t have any particular structure(just like an amoeba) of how the learning should take place, we may find learning happen at different spaces, in different paces. Yet there is constant consistent learning and growing like a thriving organism. "