Starting with building a rapport with the school admin and teachers, we host a parent orientation session to acquaint them with the magic of the THP approach, before the sessions with the students start.

The five week supplementary intervention has been designed in collaboration with former Harvard professor, curriculum experts, teachers,and most importantly, students to curate the most fun-laden and activity-based learning journey that inspire empathy and critical thinking amongst THP graduates.

All teachers and students that successfully complete Beyond The Classroom course are awarded a certificate co-branded by Cambridge Social Ventures & Seeds of Peace.

We start by shaking the notion of a rigid right / wrong…

Our adaptive ed intervention starts well before we get to the classrooms. We get the students to manifest behaviours through various engaging activities and draw lessons by observing themselves rather than us telling them.

For example, we explain the concept of what ‘history’ is by getting a couple of students to stage a fight and asking the remaining students what they saw. Once we have several competing testimonies, we debrief by showcasing that if they can’t agree on what happened in front of them, how can a historian report on precisely what happened.

Shashi Tharoor on The History Project

“Fascinating project: how history is taught differently in India & Pakistan: Pakistan extols "Muslim interests", India harps on one-ness”

… and then we teach them how to analyse information and question things

Once the notion of multiplicity of perspectives has been assimilated, we introduce them to the 5Ws (who, what, where, when & why) and how to ask better questions.

e.g. “Were women treated equally in the 18th century?”

There is no way this question can be answered without being burdened with present day debates and personal biases. We teach students to break the question down.

For instance:
Are we talking about wealthy women or poor ones? Slaves or the rare ones that engaged in business? How do we define equality? Is it access to education? Economic opportunities? or inheritance? 18th century consists of 100 years. Which year are we talking about? or which decade? And which part of the world?

And so on… till the question becomes a factual inquiry rather than an emotion laden quip.

 

…and, finally we approach history!

Each case study precedes an activity that emulates the behaviours embodied in the case studies.

Imagine a team of 27 player strong cricket team playing cricket against a 3 person team. Or a 27 students warring in a rope tug match against 3 students. Or 27 students shouting Shahrukh Khan’s name over the drowned out chants of Salman Khan’s name as the favourite hero of the 3 student team, at a competition of being heard?

Let’s pause and imagine…

This is how we segway into Partition of Bengal (as a case study) from 1905, explaining the competing narratives in Indian and Pakistani textbooks i.e. why the Pakistani textbooks present it in a positive light (as Muslims became a majority in one half of the province) and the Indian textbooks vilify the British (as Hindus were reduced to a minority in Bengal).

The students walk away knowing the world isn’t black and white, and more importantly, how to read / understand history.

Vision

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A global citizenry tolerant of differences and equipped with the ability to think critically about history and identity.

Mission

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To teach history to students in their formative years to understand multiple narratives of history and the historical context of their identity.

… and, of course, there is an assessment (but no, there are no grades for individual students)

All sessions are subjected to empathy experiments as part of a long term 300 school external study to measure the impact of Beyond The Classroom course as a supplementary intervention.

Amongst the sessions conducted thus far, we’ve seen a 5 point increase amongst THP classes’ empathy and tolerance levels as measured on the Social Dominance Orientation scale over the course of our workshops.

Intrigued? Contact The History Project team…

Beyond The Classrooms certification transforms four critical aspects of the classrooms

Engages all stakeholders

Starting with a buy-in of the school, THP offers immersive learning for the teacher, orients the parents and finally, and most importantly, transforms the students to ensure systematic adoption.

Activity Based Learning

As if we haven’t burdened our children enough with conventional learning methods, THP sessions have the students engaged in activities that keeps them moving and creating for more than 90% of the time, manifest behaviours and then draw lessons from them.

Empathy and Critical Thinking

BTC sessions are designed with special focus on enhancing the students critical thinking abilities and their ability to analyse / understand the other side across any discipline.

No competition, yet enhanced learning

Instead of competing against each other, THP graduates engage on a 5 week learning journey, engaging in conversations that inspire them to become more inquisitive and better listeners.

Costs

Registration

Tuition: INR. 2,650 or PKR 4,000 (includes fees for all props and miscellaneous costs to be incurred during the course)

Content Book: Rs. 1,250 or PKR 2,000 (hardback copy of partitioned histories: the other side of your story launched at Harvard)

Frequently Asked Questions

Its up to the school. Some schools ran it during classrooms (e.g. The Galaxy Education System, Rajkot, MHSF Schools Pakistan), but generally schools run it after school, once a week on Thursday or Saturday.
THP team sends their trained trainers who are capable of handling sensitive content like this.
It includes everything (the trainer costs, content, props, certificates etc)
The school collects the money and transfer to THP account in the UK
THP is a UK based education company that devises critical thinking interventions for students.
We want to make this a sustainable intervention. Hence, the price tag. However, we’re okay with giving scholarships, proportional to the scholarship that the school is giving individual students.
If you foresee running this in volumes (e.g. across all sections of your grades, across branches), we can definitely figure out ways to subsidize the tuition.
Our partners schools include: thehistory-project.org/press.html (schools tab)
- We’re still devising the details but we’ll consult the schools on what the best time would be for that.
- It will be subsidized, but we’ll flag the exact details once they materialise.
Students enjoy our sessions to the extent that they don’t really want the trainers to leave.
Intrigued? Contact The History Project team…