A few years ago, I began tinkering with this concept of connecting volunteer teachers and experts with youth students in free public education workshops. Since then, I’ve found that many others have had similar ideas or templates so wanted to put this out into the aethers for others to customize and further develop.

Basic Concepts:

Who – Volunteer teachers are paired with children primarily between the ages 4 – 21. The primary focus of this system would focus on youth development but this can be opened up to all ages depending on location and size of space.

What – Mixed age classes are taught in a progressive learning system in 3 primary groups – up to 7 years, 8-14 years and 15+ in the 3rd group. Volunteer teachers are selected based on experience, interests and expertise in various fields of science.

The students are also involved with improving educational structure and maintenance of workshops like cleaning. The students may choose to pay it forward by eventually teaching in workshops or training teachers.

When – Schedules are set up based on volunteers availability and subjects that are taught. Volunteer teachers can select when they work for a minimum of 1 hour per week up to any amount of hours that they are interested in working per week.

Where – Location can be indoor public or private space or outdoor space depending on weather conditions.

How – All students would begin with learning the trivium and quadrivium before exploring other fields of study.

 

homeless impoverished children in New Delhi

Homeless and impoverished children living in New Delhi, India, receive a free education from two volunteer teachers. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

These are the subjects that are taught with exercises practiced during interactive 1 hour to 3 hour long classes:

1 Trivium –

  • General grammar: The systematic method of gathering raw data and ordering the facts of reality into a consistent body of knowledge. Etymology and root languages also studied.
  • Formal logic: Bringing full and intimate understanding to this body of knowledge by systematically eliminating all contradictions within it. How to identify logical fallacies is also taught.
  • Rhetoric: Communicating this comprehensive knowledge and understanding to others in order to utilize the gained insights in the real world. How to strengthen skills in debate and formulating practical applications and constructive solutions.

2 Quadrivium –

  • Arithmetic: A study of number; a pure abstraction outside of time and space. Transcendental numbers, the tetracyts, Fibonacci spiral, doubling binary etc. also covered.
  • Geometry: Number in space – specific shapes can have a deeper meaning. This aspect relates symbolism and it is frequently used in sacred architecture. Body of man/temple (man as the measure of all things), Phi/pi ratios and drawing sacred geometry also covered.
  • Music: Number in time – covers music in general and particularly the topic of natural harmonics and musical ratios. How to read music, how to play musical instruments individually and collectively also taught.
  • Astrosophy: Number in time and space – covers the movement of planets in space and the natural harmonics between the planets when looking at the aspect of time (harmony of the spheres).

3 Movement –

  • Meditation: Science of breath, energy movement basics
  • Yoga: 5 Tibetan rites, sunrise, sunset, lunar movements
  • Sports: Team building activities, knowledge of self and critical building skills – martial arts, basketball, football, chess
  • Dance: Tribal, drum circles, live music and group improv sessions

4 Nature –

  • Gardening
  • Permaculture
  • Wave mechanics – Walter Russell science, the nature of the torus, orgone energy, quadrupolar magnetic fields, coral castle code, ley lines
  • Plant alchemy – identifying healing properties of the plant kingdom
  • Grounding in Nature – learning about the benefits of being barefoot on bare earth, sun yoga, nature excursions and hikes

5 Visual arts –

  • Painting
  • Drawing and Sketching
  • Sculptures and Ceramics
  • Digital art

6 Home economics –

  • Finance, investment tools and budget management
  • General handyman basics – plumbing, electrical, construction, painting, car mechanics
  • Healthy cooking on a budget
  • Getting prepared for workforce – information technology, resume writing, interpersonal skills

7 Volunteering in local community projects –

  • Community garden – shared gardening and composting
  • Clean up projects – building gardens, planting trees, promoting bio-diversity
  • Homeless outreach – Youth paired with homeless social programs like “feed the homeless”
  • Senior outreach – Youth are paired with elder mentors and retired hospital patients

 

This is a work in progress. Please comment below on any suggestions or feedback to help streamline this system.

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