Our mission is to enable our students to grow as independent learners, in a progressive, alternative and democratic learning community.
Edopia is a community. It is not a preparation for the real world. It is the real world. A place where laughter, choice, passion, conflict and failure is real. The school takes a futuristic, holistic and child-driven approach to learning.
Edopia was established in 2014, as the first alternate, progressive and democratic school of Pakistan. The school is the brainchild of Jaweria Sethi, a LUMS Alumna. While still at her university, Jaweria noticed the need for an education system that would empower children to become independent learners.
Despite going to one of the best schools in the city and doing well academically all her life, she felt unfulfilled. She felt that the years she spent in school could have been better organized. The traditional systems of education do not encourage thinking and self-reflection. They are archaic and inadequate. Jaweria felt that a school should not only be an academic space, but also a social, emotional and personal one. It should be a place where a child’s pursuit of happiness and purpose begins. A place which does not produce ‘better adults’, rather places value on childhood. Where every child is viewed as an empowered entity. A school should nurture and mentor children to take better decisions in life. Hence, she came up with Edopia.
Since its commencement, it has been training its lead team in courses designed by Harvard University Graduate School of Education. It is the home to more than seventy-five families across eight nationalities, providing its community members with a diverse and multi-ethnic environment in the heart of Islamabad.
Making Choices In A Community
Edopia is a living community. In a community, all members have a voice from the youngest to the oldest. Their voice is heard and respected. Their rights and responsibilities are clear and they can speak about them. Children are allowed to experience the full range of feelings free from the judgment and intervention of an adult. Freedom to make decisions always involves risk and requires the possibility of negative outcomes. Apparently negative consequences such as boredom, stress, anger, disappointment and failure are a necessary part of individual development.
The voice is heard in meetings. Some meetings are led by adults, others by children. These meetings will have a set structure.
10 Principles Of Progressive Learning
We provide choices and opportunities that allow children to develop at
their own pace and to follow their own interests.
The learning experiences allow children to co-construct meaning via
Learning transcends the boundaries of the classroom.
As we engage in our pursuits, we respect the personal space of others.
Freedom to make decisions always involves risk and requires the possibility of
negative outcomes. Apparently negative consequences such as boredom, stress,
anger, disappointment and failure are a necessary part of individual development.
All members of the community have the power to change community
life, through the democratic process.
The responsibility of teaching lies with the teacher. The responsibility
for learning lies with the children.
Mentors help children with self-reflection and making better choices.
Adults are available and supportive when children ask for assistance.
We collaborate with parents as co-educators in meeting children’s needs.
Edopia is a center of learning for all ages.