Jayalakshmi Vaidyanathan – Life Skills Lead at Makkala Jagriti, NGO
Jayalakshmi Vaidyanathan is a facilitator and trainer in building Social Emotional Learning with Life Skills for adults or children. She has an expertise in designing curriculum for training and evaluating its impact on social and emotional development. Her skills include – developing tailor made curriculum with experiential and activity based programmes, Project-Based Learning (PBL) techniques, and using Experiential Learning methods.
She has worked with schools in India and Nepal blending Life Skills into the CBSE curriculum for children aged 6 to 16 and also been an active contributor to Education World, writing some of their cover stories and articles for their academic advantage section.
Jayalakshmi has started Satori Learning Foundation which runs after-school programmes including TED-Ed clubs, art & theatre activities, Lego Education based development programmes, debating clubs, and other experiential learning activities. She is also a life skills consultant with a Bangalore-based NGO called Makkala Jagriti that works with government schools across Karnataka, and a regular trainer for PeopleTree Hospitals, a Bangalore-based hospital group.
In this conversation, she spoke on the impact of experiential learning, when introduced from as young as age 3 all the way through school & college education, and continuing even into the working environment. She spoke about the techniques that can be introduced using play, stories, subjects & concepts, art, reflection, and inquiry and the key role of teachers to be facilitators in this learning journey by nudging & allowing space for reflection in children and themselves.