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World schooling the new form of learning
To start with a whole load of people will ask what world schooling is. I define it as homeschooling on the go: Educating your child through experiential learning whilst travelling in the world.
 
World schooling is the new way of home schooling children, an unconventional way of education, where the child learns while travelling the world and interacting with people of different cultures. It is a form of experiential learning. 
 
Unconventional parents opt for this unconventional way of educating their children. These parents believe that the world is the classroom, the earth their text book and they believe that a child's education is not confined to one classroom, but by experiencing what the text book teaches.
 
Research has shown that children learn best through play and experiences. People feel far less reliant on the classroom-plus-teacher model and far more comfortable knowing they simply have to provide a supportive learning environment. This method also makes the child an independent thinker and an independent decision maker. Some parents prefer to take curriculum on the road; others use the world around them as the curriculum.
 
Now, here is the catch: World schooling may seem fancy and may sound easy, but a whole load of planning and homework needs to be done right from picking the location, to reading up of the culture of the place, to the food habits, to the famous places to visit.
 
If, as parents, you choose world schooling it is your responsibility to make sure your child is learning from this experience; otherwise he might as well go to school and learn in a structured manner.
 
For world schooling to be effective, it is advisable that parents pick on locations that they are traveling to, research about the country thoroughly (demographics, culture, tradition and the like). If you are travelling with children older than 8, get them involved too. Make them read about the place, list down things they would want to do in that country and the places they would like to visit. This gives the child a direction and helps him/her think about things they would have ideally missed.
 
Parents should create something called a reflection journal in which, on a daily basis, the child documents all the places visited and all that was picked up or noticed on that day. It is essential to create a broad outline for a child so that the learning is effective. This is essential because if you do not guide them they will either pick up only a few things or they will go all the way on a holiday and be stuck on their phones or 
I-pads. 
 
For example, if you are flying, make your child calculate the cost per mile of the flight - the child uses math here. If you are travelling by road, give the child a sheet of trees, flowers or fruits that are generally grown in that country and make them identify them - the child is learning geography here. If you are visiting a
supermarket, create a pictorial sheet of milk brands and let the child search for each of them.
 
Essentials to carry while on your trip:
 
* Books: Carry a few books that are specific to the place you are visiting, a few story books and a few conceptual books on each subject.
 
* Kindle: It is advisable that children use physical books; however, if carrying too many books is not possible, then you should use the Kindle.
 
* Games (Uno, Scrabble et al): Children need play time and a few games are helpful for learning as well. For instance, Uno helps you enhance math skills, Scrabble enhances word-making abilities.
 
* I-pad with essential educational apps: Even though it is advised that you limit screen time for children, when they are using the I-pad you might as well make sure you have a few educational apps downloaded so that they are learning every minute.
 
* Writing book: If you have a small child, make sure you carry a handwriting book so that they are being trained to write.
 
* Reflection book: It is very essential that you create a book that makes the child reflect and document its learning of the day.
 
* Maps, list of museums, historical sites and natural wonders.
 
World schooling as a concept is new; however it will become a trend, and it is something that you should practise while travelling with your child on a general basis as well.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Jio says Airtel gesture welcome, but won't address call drops
Reliance Jio on Sunday welcomed Bharti Airtel's decision to provide better interconnection for its calls. But it also said the number of such points proposed remained substantially less than actual requirement -- and these won't be able to address the issue of large-scale call drops. Airtel rebutted in a counter-statement.
 
"Based on the current traffic flow between the two networks, the proposed augmentation by Airtel would still only suffice for less than one-fourth of the required interconnection capacity," a Jio statement said.
 
"More than two crore calls are failing everyday between the two networks, which is far in excess of the quality of service parameters and of alarming proportions. Urgent steps are required to be taken in the interest of customers of both operators," the statement said.
 
"It is unfortunate that the Telecom Regulatory Authority's intervention was required for Airtel to resume augmentation of points of interconnection, which it ought to have done by itself in compliance with its licence terms."
 
The statement comes a day after Airtel said it has received the payments due on interconnection from Jio and that after executing the agreed augmentation in such points, their total number will be three times that at present. It also said the capacity will be sufficient to serve over 15 million Jio customers, and added it will be much more than Jio's subscriber base.
 
"While the interconnect agreement provides for a commissioning period of 90 days from the day Reliance Jio makes the payment, Airtel will work towards releasing the points of interconnect well ahead of the contractual obligation," said Airtel.
 
But this point was refuted by Jio.
 
"The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's regulation does not provide for 90 days to adhere to quality of service parameters. The authority, in fact, instructed the incumbent operators to urgently provide requisite interconnection capacities to maintain quality of service parameters and not to make this subject to any contingencies or restrictions."
 
Jio also found fault with the type of interconnection points Airtel was offering, and said it was a clear case of abuse of market dominance. 
 
"It appears that the quality of service will continue to suffer and Indian customers will be denied the benefits of superior and free voice services as a result of such anti-competitive behaviour."
 
But Airtel in a statement later charged Jio with dillydallying on the issue and deliberately not cooperating on interconnection. It also said such complaints may be a ploy by Jio to cover up some technical issues in their own network.
 
This was again refuted by Jio in another statement later on Sunday, while calling Airtel's rebuttal misleading and unfortunate.
 
"While there are over two crore call failures every day between the two networks (Jio to Airtel), there are no incidents of call failures within the Jio network," the Jio statement said.
 
It added that the company not only wanted subscribers to enjoy high-definition Jio-to-Jio calls, but was also invited third party, independent assesses like the resource and monitoring wing of the telecom department to confirm the veracity of its claims. 
 
Another issue of contention has been portability.
 
Jio said the rival has been blocking mobile number portability for migration of potential Airtel subscribers to Jio -- but the other side maintained that all requests were being processed as per guidelines. 
 
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Amitabh Kant for fewer laws regime for growth of business
There is a need to dismantle a lot of rules and regulations to uplift business in India, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said.
 
Addressing a chief secretaries' conclave, aimed at giving a push to ease of doing business, Kant said here on Saturday that paperwork has made it difficult to do business in the country.
 
"We need to dismantle a lot of rules and regulation in order to uplift business," he said.
 
States must learn and compete with one another to develop, as growth alone will help in eliminating poverty, social inequality and other problems, Kant said, and added that states need to push for innovation and make India a country of 'job creators' rather than 'job seekers'.
 
Contending that India has made good progress in the World Bank rankings in terms of ease of doing business, Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha said that introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is going to be a game changer.
 
He, however, added that implementing GST across the country is going to be a challenge for the government.
 
Sinha underlined that a lot has been done to reduce cost and documentation in the area of international trade.
 
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